[ pee-nol-uh-jee ]
/ piˈnɒl ə dʒi /
the study of the punishment of crime, in both its deterrent and its reformatory aspects.
the study of the management of prisons.
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Origin of penology
1830–40; peno- (combining form representing Greek poinḗ penalty) + -logy
OTHER WORDS FROM penologype·no·log·i·cal [peen-l-oj-i-kuhl], /ˌpin lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivepe·nol·o·gist, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for penology
You may think crucifixion has gone out of penological style.Barbarism Watch: Saudi Arabia Still Uses Crucifixion|David Frum|March 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This is in itself a clear evidence of the demand that exists for penological reform.A Plea for the Criminal|James Leslie Allan Kayll
British Dictionary definitions for penology
/ (piːˈnɒlədʒɪ) /
the branch of the social sciences concerned with the punishment of crime
the science of prison management
Also called: poenology
Derived forms of penologypenological (ˌpiːnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepenologically, adverbpenologist, noun
Word Origin for penology
C19: from Greek poinē punishment
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