penal code


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

Examples of penal code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New York penal code allows judges to consider prison terms of one year or less for first-time fraud offenders. Brian Bennett, TIME, 29 May 2024 Only 13 of Mexico’s 31 states have modified their penal codes to reflect the court’s resolution, with Jalisco being the latest state to do so, in April 2024. Alejandra Marquez Guajardo, The Conversation, 1 May 2024 New York lawmakers first tried to strike the anti-adultery law 60 years ago when a legislative commission tried to cull archaic laws and modernize the state penal code. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024 Her suit was filed in federal court but made claims under New York's penal code, which has a narrower definition of rape than the federal standard. Graham Kates, CBS News, 19 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for penal code 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1777, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of penal code was circa 1777

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“Penal code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

penal code

: a code of laws concerning crimes and their punishments
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