Penal code
Penal 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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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