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indeterminate sentence

noun, Criminal Law.
1.
a penalty, imposed by a court, that has relatively wide limits or no limits, as one of imprisonment for one to ten years.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for indeterminate sentence

indeterminate sentence

noun
1.
(law) a prison sentence the length of which depends on the prisoner's conduct
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Encyclopedia Article for indeterminate sentence

in law, term of imprisonment with no definite duration within a prescribed maximum. Eligibility for parole is determined by the parole authority. In this respect, an indeterminate sentence differs from a definite one in that statutes prescribing the latter usually provide for parole eligibility after a specified fraction of the full term-in most countries, from one-half to two-thirds of the original sentence

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