- The definition of corporal punishment is physical punishment.
When a child is beaten in school for misbehaving, this is an example of corporal punishment.
corporal punishment definition by Webster's New World
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punishment inflicted directly on the body, as flogging: now usually distinguished from capital punishment, imprisonment, etc.
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