What does corporal punishment mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corporal punishment(noun)

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


  1. corporal punishment(Noun)

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


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corporal punishment in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corporal punishment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James McNulty:

    We're very aware of Jeb Bush and his stance on corporal punishment.

  2. Vincenzo Criscuolo:

    It (corporal punishment) can't be excluded but it certainly was not genocide.

  3. Elaine Richards:

    While I am not a fan of corporal punishment, I am not a fan of his friends Major Nuisance or General Disturbance.

  4. Gail Smith:

    As a school board, we looked carefully at corporal punishment and made the determination that indeed there were other forms of discipline that were more effective.

  5. Ann Budzak-Garza:

    It's being in a state of hyper-alertness and being on guard for what's coming next, one researcher felt there was an educationally-induced post-traumatic stress disorder found in numerous kids who had experienced corporal punishment in schools.

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