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English definition of “life sentence”

life sentence

noun [C]    
(also informal life) the punishment of being put in prison for a very long time, or, in the US, until death → See also life imprisonment, liferPutting people in prison something that will make a person suffer for the rest of their life: His life sentence was to have to live without her.
(Definition of life sentence noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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