Definition of Penal

1. Adjective. Of or relating to punishment. "Penal code"

Partainyms: Punishment

2. Adjective. Serving as or designed to impose punishment. "Penal servitude"
Similar to: Punitive, Punitory

3. Adjective. Subject to punishment by law. "A penal offense"
Exact synonyms: Punishable
Similar to: Illegal

Definition of Penal

1. a. Of or pertaining to punishment, to penalties, or to crimes and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence

Definition of Penal

1. Adjective. Of, or relating to punishment. ¹

2. Adjective. Subject to punishment; punishable. ¹

3. Adjective. Serving as a place of punishment. ¹

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Definition of Penal

1. pertaining to punishment [adj] - See also: punishment

Lexicographical Neighbors of Penal

pen and ink
pen drive
pen drives
pen friend
pen name
pen names
pen nib
pen pal
pen pals
pen pusher
pen test
pen tests
pen up
penal (current term)
penal code
penal colonies
penal colony
penal facility
penal institution
penal notice
penal substitution

Literary usage of Penal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1907)
"Lastly, The most intricate distinction of all, and that Jurispru- which comes most frequently on the carpet, is that which is-penal- made between the civil ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"penal statutes, passed ex post facto; but why say penal statutes, and not simply statutes passed ex post facto, if the use of the phrase was exclusively ..."

3. Statutes and Statutory Construction: Including a Discussion of Legislative by Jabez Gridley Sutherland (1904)
"Even a penal statute should not be so construed as to work a public mischief, unless required by words of explicit and unequivocal import. ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The penal Code. [1810 painful tasks. "They shall drag a ball at their feet, ... penal servitude for life was meted out to those who organise and command ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1911)
"Section 1047 of the penal Code of 1805 provided for dealing with cases where ... By section 9C>1 of the penal Code it is provided that, "whenever a plea of ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"King William also promised to have the Irish Parliament grant a further relaxation of the penal laws in force. This treaty, however, was soon torn to shreds ..."

7. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1911)
"SLM pv3(no.4) Draft of a penal code for the State of New York; prepared by the ... SLM The penal code of the State of New York. Reported complete by the ..."

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