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Penal

Punishable; inflicting a punishment.

penal

adj. referring to criminality, as in defining "penal code" (the laws specifying crimes and punishment), or "penal institution" (a state prison or penitentiary confining convicted felons).

penal

adjective castigatory, containing a penalty, corrective, disciplinary, enacting punishment, inflictive, poenalis, prohibiting, punishing, punitive, relating to a penalty, retaliatory, retributive
Associated concepts: penal action, penal bond, penal law, penal ordinances, penal statute
Foreign phrases: In haeredes non solent transire actiones quae poenales ex maleficio sunt.Actions which are penal and which arise out of anything of criminal nature do not pass to the heirs.
See also: disciplinary, punitive

penal

relating to crime and punishment.

LAW, PENAL. One which inflicts a penalty for a violation of its enactment.

PENAL. That which may be punished; that which inflicts a punishment.

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Penal servitude will only be like waiting for her at a wayside station.
How secret art thou who dwellest in the highest heavens in silence, O thou only great God, sprinkling with an unwearied providence certain penal blindnesses upon such as have unbridled desires
The one exception was a sturdy white-headed boy, standing apart from all the rest on a stool in a corner--a forlorn little Crusoe, isolated in his own desert island of solitary penal disgrace.
When you warmed,' said the secretary, looking sharply at the other's downcast eyes, which brightened slowly as he spoke; 'when you warmed into that noble outbreak; when you told them that you were never of the lukewarm or the timid tribe, and bade them take heed that they were prepared to follow one who would lead them on, though to the very death; when you spoke of a hundred and twenty thousand men across the Scottish border who would take their own redress at any time, if it were not conceded; when you cried "Perish the Pope and all his base adherents; the penal laws against them shall never be repealed while Englishmen have hearts and hands"--and waved your own and touched your sword; and when they cried "No Popery
We'll indict the blackguards for felony, and get 'em shipped off to penal settlements.
The noble Refrigerator assented; but added that if William Barnacle and Tudor Stiltstalking, when they came over to one another and formed their ever-memorable coalition, had boldly muzzled the newspapers, and rendered it penal for any Editor-person to presume to discuss the conduct of any appointed authority abroad or at home, he thought the country would have been preserved.
She was the Murderer, bound for Gallows Bay; she was the Manslaughterer, bound for Penal Settlement; her captain ought to be tried for his life; her crew ran down men in row-boats with a relish; she mashed up Thames lightermen with her paddles; she fired property with her funnels; she always was, and she always would be, wreaking destruction upon somebody or something, after the manner of all her kind.
Then followed four years of penal servitude, spent in the company of common criminals in Siberia, where he began the "Dead House," and some years of service in a disciplinary battalion.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The ystanbul 3rd Penal Court of Peace has rejected an appeal from two generals and a retired colonel who were arrested on Nov.
Objective: Recent years have seen renewed interest in the political economy of punishment, yet almost no attention has been given to the factors that translate socio-political arrangements into penal practices or the specific nature of imprisonment in different political-economic systems.
Things will not change in this country until our elected politicians get to grips and bring our justice and penal systems into the 21st Century.
The State Penitentiary Service has proposed to abolish all existing penal settlements as they are "an exploded institution of punishment.