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  1. corporal punishment(noun)

    the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime

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  1. corporal punishment(Noun)

    A form of punishment achieved by inflicting blows to the offender's body.

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  1. Corporal punishment

    Corporal punishment is a form of physical punishment that involves the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or behaviour deemed unacceptable. The term usually refers to methodically striking the offender with the open hand or with an implement, whether in judicial, domestic, or educational settings. Corporal punishment is defined by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as: "any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light." Corporal punishment may be divided into three main types: ⁕Parental or domestic corporal punishment: within the family—typically, children punished by parents or guardians; ⁕School corporal punishment: within schools, when students are punished by teachers or school administrators, or, in the past, apprentices by master craftsmen; ⁕Judicial corporal punishment: as part of a criminal sentence ordered by a court of law. Closely related is prison corporal punishment, ordered either directly by the prison authorities or by a visiting court. Corporal punishment is also still allowed in some military settings, and banned in others.

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