penal code

noun
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of penal code

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

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First Known Use of penal code

circa 1777

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PENAL CODE Defined for English Language Learners

penal code

Definition of penal code for English Language Learners

  • law : a set of laws relating to crimes and the punishments for those crimes


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penal code

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: a code of laws concerning crimes and their punishments

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