Penal servitude
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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  • Penal servitude — Servitude Serv i*tude, n. [L. servitudo: cf. F. servitude.] 1. The state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a master; the condition of being bound to service; the condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of slavish dependence …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • penal servitude — index bondage, correction (punishment) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • penal servitude — n. imprisonment, usually at hard labor: the legal punishment for conviction of certain crimes …   English World dictionary

  • penal servitude — N UNCOUNT Penal servitude is the punishment of being sent to prison and forced to do hard physical work. [FORMAL] Syn: hard labour …   English dictionary

  • penal servitude — Eng. Criminal Law. imprisonment together with hard labor. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • penal servitude — forced labor, labor that is given as a punishment …   English contemporary dictionary

  • penal servitude — noun imprisonment with hard labour …   English new terms dictionary

  • penal servitude — n hard labour, stretch, time SLANG bird, lag, porridge …   Useful english dictionary

  • Servitude — Serv i*tude, n. [L. servitudo: cf. F. servitude.] 1. The state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a master; the condition of being bound to service; the condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of slavish dependence. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • servitude — ser·vi·tude / sər və ˌtüd, ˌtyüd/ n 1: a condition in which an individual lacks liberty esp. to determine his or her course of action or way of life; specif: the state of being a slave involuntary servitude see also amendment xiii and amendment… …   Law dictionary

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