penal code


noun Law.

the aggregate of statutory enactments dealing with crimes and their punishment.

Nearby words

  1. pen-based,
  2. pen-friend,
  3. pen-pal,
  4. pen.,
  5. penal,
  6. penal servitude,
  7. penalise,
  8. penality,
  9. penalize,
  10. penally

Origin of penal code

First recorded in 1880–85

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British Dictionary definitions for penal code

penal code

noun

the codified body of the laws in any legal system that relate to crime and its punishment
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