Penal meaning

pēnəl
The definition of penal is something relating to punishment for breaking the law.

An example of penal are laws or codes that people are punished for breaking; penal codes.

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Of, relating to, or prescribing punishment, as for breaking the law.
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Of, for, or constituting punishment, esp. legal punishment.
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Serving as or constituting a means or place of punishment.

Penal servitude; a penal colony.

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Specifying or prescribing punishment.

A penal code.

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Making a person liable to punishment.

A penal offense.

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Of, or relating to punishment.

Penal servitude.

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Serving as a place of punishment.

A penal colony.

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Subject to punishment; legally punishable.

A penal offense.

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Subject to punishment; punishable.

A penal offence.

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Origin of penal

  • Middle English from Old French peinal and from Medieval Latin pēnālis both from Latin poenālis from poena penalty from Greek poinē kwei-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French peinal, from Medieval Latin penalis, from Latin poenalis, from poena (“punishment"), from Ancient Greek ποινή (poinÄ“, “punishment"), from Proto-Indo-European *kÊ·oynehâ‚‚.

    From Wiktionary