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Meaning of PENAL

Pronunciation:  'peenl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  subject to punishment by law; "a penal offense"
  2. [adj]  serving as or designed to impose punishment; "penal servitude"; "a penal colony"
  3. [adj]  of or relating to punishment; "penal reform"; "penal code"

PENAL is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: illegal, punishable, punitive, punitory



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pe"nal\, a. [L. poenalis, fr. poena punishment: cf. F.
p['e]nal. See {Pain}.]
Of or pertaining to punishment, to penalties, or to crimes
and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence: as:
(a) Enacting or threatening punishment; as, a penal statue;
    the penal code.
(b) Incurring punishment; subject to a penalty; as, a
    penalact of offense.
(c) Inflicted as punishment; used as a means of punishment;
    as, a penal colony or settlement. ``Adamantine chains and
    penal fire.'' --Milton.

{Penal code} (Law), a code of laws concerning crimes and
   offenses and their punishment.

{Penal laws}, {Penal statutes} (Law), laws prohibited certain
   acts, and imposing penalties for committing them.

{Penal servitude}, imprisonment with hard labor, in a prison,
   in lieu of transportation. [Great Brit.]

{Penal suit}, {Penal action} (Law), a suit for penalties.