Venal meaning

vēnəl
Characterized by bribery or corruption.

A venal bargain.

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The definition of venal is corrupt or willing to take bribes.

An example of someone venal is a policeman who will take bribes.

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(archaic) Obtainable for a price.
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(now rare) Capable of being obtained for a price.

Venal services.

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That can readily be bribed or corrupted.

A venal judge.

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Venous; pertaining to veins.
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(archaic) For sale; available for purchase.
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Of a position, privilege etc.: available for purchase rather than assigned on merit.
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Capable of being bought (of a person); willing to take bribes.
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(of behaviour etc.) Corrupt, mercenary.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of venal - veinal

Origin of venal

  • Latin vēnālis from vēnum sale wes-3 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From French vénal, from Latin venalis, from venum (“something for sale"), cf. vend

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin vena

    From Wiktionary