[ peen-l ]
/ ˈpin l /
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.
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Origin of penal
1400–50; late Middle English <Latin poenālis, equivalent to poen(a) penalty (<Greek poinḗ fine) + -ālis-al1
OTHER WORDS FROM penal
pe·nal·i·ty [pi-nal-i-tee], /pɪˈnæl ɪ ti/, nounpe·nal·ly, adverbnon·pe·nal, adjectiveun·pe·nal, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for penal
So from Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon, a prison where circled prison cells are watched by a central single tower, to Devil’s Island, the penal colony made famous in the film Papillon, prisons have been designed to punish as much as anything else.The Best Places to Be Locked Up If You Love Luxury|Eugene Robinson|October 7, 2020|Ozy
British Dictionary definitions for penal
/ (ˈpiːnəl) /
of, relating to, constituting, or prescribing punishment
payable as a penaltya penal sum
used or designated as a place of punishmenta penal institution
Derived forms of penalpenally, adverb
Word Origin for penal
C15: from Late Latin poenālis concerning punishment, from poena penalty
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