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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




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