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suspended sentence

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Law
suspended sentencesusˌpended ˈsentence noun [countable]  SCTa punishment given by a court, in which a criminal is told they will be sent to prison if they do anything else illegal within the time mentioned a two-year suspended sentence
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suspended sentenceHis defence counsel contended that a suspended sentence would enable Chemouil to pay compensation to the victim.Mr Koc said Mr Kuntar was given an 18-month suspended sentence for this allegation.Karl-Heinz Schneider, her controlling officer and former lover, was given an 18-month suspended sentence for espionage.After receiving a twelve-month suspended sentence he was dismissed.Her attacker got a two-month suspended sentence ... exactly the same as he was given for stealing a suit.He received a five-year suspended sentence.a two-year suspended sentence
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