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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

penally play \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of penal in a sentence

  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 for Students

  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.


Law Dictionary

penal

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adjective pe·nal \ˈpēn-əl\

Legal Definition of penal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being punishment <penal sanctions>

  2. 2 :  making one (as an offender) punishable <a penal offense>; also :  criminal 2

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





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