penal code


Definition of penal code

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The driver, Celeste Perez, 29, was charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated, which is a Class B misdemeanor according to the Texas penal code. Cecilia Lenzen, Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 Poll watchers may only be removed for violating election law if the violation is witnessed by the election clerk or judge and for violations of the penal code., 31 Aug. 2021 There have been renewed demands to reform Iran’s penal code, which, based on Islamic sharia law, stipulates that as guardians of their children, fathers and grandfathers are exempt from the death penalty for their murder. New York Times, 5 July 2021 Child abandonment is a punishable crime under section 317 of India's penal code -- but has been a long-standing problem in India, especially toward girls, hundreds of thousands of whom die each year from neglect linked to gender discrimination. Amy Sood, CNN, 18 June 2021 Activists point to articles in Tunisia’s penal code that date to the French colonial occupation and contradict its post-revolution 2014 constitution, which enshrines individual and human rights. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2021 Indeed, the penal code criminalizes practices such as proselytizing and attempts by non-Muslims to convert Muslims. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 5 July 2021 The penal code, which goes into effect on Dec. 8, 2021, still categorizes abuse as an offense against the Sixth Commandment (prohibiting adultery), which child advocates have argued minimizes crimes against children. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 June 2021 Fenster, who on Thursday appeared at a special court in Yangon's Insein prison, has been charged under section 505a of Myanmar's penal code, which carries a potential three-year prison term, according to Frontier Myanmar. Jonny Hallam And Zamira Rahim, CNN, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of penal code

circa 1777, in the meaning defined above

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“Penal code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of penal code

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

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Legal Definition of penal code

: a code of laws concerning crimes and their punishments


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