penal code

noun

: a code of laws concerning crimes and offenses and their punishment

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cain is referring to a provision in the Texas penal code that Roe vs. Wade had challenged the enforceability of. Dallas News, 24 June 2022 Indonesia has long attempted to pursue a penal code in line with its national values. Time, 6 Dec. 2022 Decades in the making, the revision of the country’s colonial-era penal code has set off mass protests in recent years, although the response has been considerably more muted this year. Reuters, NBC News, 5 Dec. 2022 When the Texas legislature overhauled the state’s penal code in 1973, gone was any mention of the good-character requirement. Dallas News, 16 June 2022 Both Griner and Fogel claimed their drugs had been prescribed for severe pain, but the Russian penal code does not make a legal exception for prescribed cannabis. Laura Doan, CBS News, 9 Dec. 2022 The new penal code needs to be sent to President Joko Widodo to sign, but will automatically pass into law after 30 days unless the president issues an objection. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2022 The penal code had languished for decades while legislators in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation struggled with how to adapt its traditional culture and norms to the code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial administration. Ninniek Karmini, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Dec. 2022 The penal code had languished for decades while legislators in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation struggled with how to adapt its traditional culture and norms to the code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial administration. Niniek Karmini, ajc, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penal code was circa 1777

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“Penal code.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penal%20code. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Legal Definition

penal code

noun
: a code of laws concerning crimes and their punishments
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