suspended sentence

suspended sentence
suspended sentence noun
A sentence of imprisonment not served unless the offender commits another crime
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Main Entry:suspend

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suspended sentence UK [səˌspendɪd ˈsentəns] US [səˌspendəd ˈsentəns] noun [countable] [singular suspended sentence plural suspended sentences] legal
time that someone will have to spend in prison only if they commit another crime within a fixed period
Thesaurus: punishments outside of prisonhyponym

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noun, pl ⋯ -tences [count]
law : a legal arrangement in which a person who has been found guilty of a crime is not sentenced to jail but may be sentenced for that crime at a future time if he or she commits another crime during a specified period

The judge handed down a suspended sentence to the first-time offender.

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suˌspended ˈsentence f180 [suspended sentence] noun
a punishment given to a criminal in court which means that they will only go to prison if they commit another crime within a particular period of time

an 18-month suspended sentence for theft


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