Variant of penal
- of, for, or constituting punishment, esp. legal punishment
- specifying or prescribing punishment: a penal code
- making a person liable to punishment: a penal offense
Origin: ME < L poenalis < poena, punishment (> pain) < Gr poinē, penalty, fine < IE *kwoina, punishment < base *kwei-, to heed, respect, avenge > Sans cáyatē, (he) avenges, Lith káina, price
- penally adverb
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