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penal

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adjective pe·nal \ˈpē-nəl\

Simple Definition of penal

  • : relating to or used for punishment

  • : very severe

Full Definition of penal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or involving punishment, penalties, or punitive institutions

  2. 2 :  liable to punishment <a penal offense>

  3. 3 :  used as a place of confinement and punishment <a penal colony>

pe·nal·ly play \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of penal

  1. <Australia was once a penal colony.>



Origin of penal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin poenalis, from poena punishment — more at pain


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with penal



PENAL Defined for Kids

penal

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adjective pe·nal \ˈpē-nəl\

Definition of penal

  1. :  relating to or used for punishment



Word Root of penal

The Latin word poena, meaning “punishment,” gives us the root pen or pun. Words from the Latin poena have something to do with punishments. A penalty is a punishment for doing something wrong. Anything penal, such as a group of laws, explains punishments for specific crimes. Punish and punishment also come from poena.



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