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  1. Relating to a judicial sentence.
    There were no sentencing guidelines for this crime.


sentencing (plural sentencings)

  1. The act of pronouncing a judicial sentence on someone convicted of a crime.
    After the verdict, the sentencing was not delayed.
    • 2011 December 14, Steven Morris, “Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave”, in Guardian[1]:
      Following the sentencing, Knutton said: "What sort of person does something so cold and calculating? I did not expect her to go to jail for it. I am just glad it is now all over."
  2. (colloquial) The act of creating one or more complete sentences from fragmented thoughts and phrases.
    He struggled with sentencing his frayed and angry verses from poem to prose.



  1. present participle of sentence