- of, relating to, or involving punishment, as for crimes or offenses.
- prescribing punishment: penal laws.
- constituting punishment: He survived the years of penal hardship.
- used as a place of confinement and punishment: a penal colony.
- subject to or incurring punishment: a penal offense.
- payable or forfeitable as a penalty: a penal sum.
Origin of penal
Examples from the Web for penal
This sum, outlined in the penal code, is double for a male than it is for a female.Iran to Hang Abused Child Bride
June 20, 2014
Who then could be tried as a war criminal under the 1871 penal code?How to Try a Nazi
September 6, 2013
Step by step, the penal and custodial apparatus of the United States has become larger, more belligerent, and more brazen.Conrad Black: Tom DeLay, American Hero, Fights The Good Fight
October 15, 2012
This provision is, however, absent from the Penal Code Iran approved in 2012, though apparently not yet signed into law.Iranian Rapper Shahin Najafi Faces Death Threats for Song Deemed Insult
May 12, 2012
And then there is Article 475 of the penal code, which was the focus of so much discussion online.A Rape Victim’s Suicide Proves Morocco’s Culture of Silence Must Go
March 16, 2012
Mr Haredale is a sufferer from the penal laws, and I can't expect his favour.'Barnaby Rudge
Our whole conception of rights, and especially of penal law, should then change.
At present, penal law is absolutely impotent in this matter.
Are you conscious that you are rendering yourself liable to penal servitude?A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
I told him the whole story, but all he said was, 'ten years' penal servitude.'Australia Revenged
- of, relating to, constituting, or prescribing punishment
- payable as a penaltya penal sum
- used or designated as a place of punishmenta penal institution
Word Origin and History for penal
"pertaining to punishment," mid-15c., from Old French peinal (12c., Modern French pénal) and directly from Medieval Latin penalis, from Latin poenalis "pertaining to punishment," from poena "punishment," from Greek poine "blood-money, fine, penalty, punishment," from PIE *kwoina, from root *kwei- "to pay, atone, compensate" (cf. Greek time "price, worth, honor, esteem, respect," tinein "to pay a price, punish, take vengeance;" Sanskrit cinoti "observes, notes;" Avestan kaena "punishment, vengeance;" Old Church Slavonic cena "honor, price;" Lithuanian kaina "value, price").