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Definitions for penal
ˈpin lpe·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. penal(adj)

    of or relating to punishment

    "penal reform"; "penal code"

  2. penal(adj)

    serving as or designed to impose punishment

    "penal servitude"

  3. penal, punishable(adj)

    subject to punishment by law

    "a penal offense"


  1. penal(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to punishment.

    penal servitude

  2. penal(Adjective)

    Subject to punishment; punishable.

    a penal offence

  3. penal(Adjective)

    Serving as a place of punishment.

    a penal colony

  4. Origin: peinal, from penalis, from poenalis, from poena, from ποινή, from kʷoyneh₂.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penal(adj)

    of or pertaining to punishment, to penalties, or to crimes and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence

  2. Penal(adj)

    enacting or threatening punishment; as, a penal statue; the penal code

  3. Penal(adj)

    incurring punishment; subject to a penalty; as, a penalact of offense

  4. Penal(adj)

    inflicted as punishment; used as a means of punishment; as, a penal colony or settlement

  5. Origin: [L. poenalis, fr. poena punishment: cf. F. pnal. See Pain.]


  1. Penal

    Peneral is a town in south Trinidad and Tobago. It lies south of San Fernando and Debe, and north of Siparia. It was originally a rice and cocoa producing area but is now a rapidly expanding and developing town. The population is 12,281. The heart of Penal contains many businesses while the outskirts focus on agricultural development. Penal has a police station, branches of three banks health facilities, photo studios, fast food restaurants, service stations and clothing stores. Penal plays a major role in the energy supply to the nation's populace. Petrotrin, the national oil company, has a major sub-unit in Clarke Road and the National Gas Company has gas lines running through Penal that links the gas fields of the South East Coast and the industrial estates. One of the countries three major power generating plants owned by Powergen Ltd is located at Syne Village to the west of Penal. The area is known for the High Schools located in the Penal-Debe area. It is one of the areas in Trinidad that has the most schools. Penal is also known for the Doubles, Roti and Aloo-Pies, which are always packed with customers for delicious cuisine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Penal

    pē′nal, adj. pertaining to, incurring, or constituting punishment: used for punishment.—v.t. Pē′nalise, to lay under penalty.—adv. Pē′nally.—Penal laws, laws prohibiting certain actions under penalties; Penal servitude, hard labour in a prison as a punishment for crime—introduced in England in 1853 instead of transportation; Penal statute, a statute imposing a penalty or punishment for crime. [Fr.,—L. pœnalispœna, Gr. poinē, punishment.]

Anagrams for penal »

  1. Alpen, Nepal, panel, plane, plena

  2. Alpen

  3. Nepal

  4. Panel

  5. Plena

How to pronounce penal?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say penal in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of penal in a Sentence

  1. Jean Lee:

    North Korea has a very strict and very extensive penal code.

  2. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

    Andrew and Myuran are the model of what penal systems the world over long to achieve.

  3. Adam Rabati:

    We are running the risk of being accused of fornication punishable under the penal code.

  4. Leila Ahsan:

    He has been jailed over a year and ... keeping him in jail is illegal based on Iran's new penal code.

  5. Mupiganyi Appolinaire:

    We followed the trial carefully and the convicts had been saying that the murder was a planned one, we expected that they would get the heaviest punishment in the Rwanda penal code.

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