- The definition of the death penalty is the decision by the judicial system that some should be put to death as a result of crimes or offenses committed.
An example of death penalty is when a criminal receives a lethal injection for committing three murders.
Lethal injections is a common means of administering the death penalty.
death penalty definition by Webster's New World
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a sentence of death by execution: used with the
death penalty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A sentence of punishment by execution.
death penalty - Legal Definition