life imprisonment(redirected from Life sentense)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
life imprisonmenta sentence of incarceration for a lengthy time. In some states ‘life’ may mean ‘whole life.’ Mostly there are provisions for a minimum term or for parole or for pardon or some combination. In the UK the sentencing judge will specify the time to be served without parole and there have been some ‘whole life’ cases. If released on parole the prisoner is on licence and maybe recalled to serve the rest of the sentence if there is further offending.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006