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ˈvin lve·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corruptible, bribable, dishonest, purchasable, venaladjective

    capable of being corrupted

    "corruptible judges"; "dishonest politicians"; "a purchasable senator"; "a venal police officer"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Venaladjective

    of or pertaining to veins; venous; as, venal blood

    Etymology: [L. vena a vein.]

  2. Venaladjective

    capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration; made matter of trade or barter; held for sale; salable; mercenary; purchasable; hireling; as, venal services

    Etymology: [L. vena a vein.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Venal

    vē′nal, adj. that may be sold or got for a price: held for sale: mercenary.—n. Venal′ity, quality of being venal: prostitution of talents or services for a reward.—adv. Vē′nally. [Fr.,—L. venalisvenus, sale; Gr. ōnē, purchase.]

  2. Venal

    vē′nal, adj. pertaining to a vein or veins: contained in the veins. [L. vena, a vein.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of venal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of venal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of venal in a Sentence

  1. Nathan Brown:

    The result is likely to seem obstructionist and venal. It will be both, but that's the way it has been designed.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in ... the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow), working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing it’s noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one. ...when all government... in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.

  3. Don Beyer:

    Hurricane Dorian direct attacks on the scientists and federal employees, whom Hurricane Dorian threatened to fire for doing their jobs by accurately reporting the weather, are an embarrassing new low for a member of this Cabinet which has been historically venal and incompetent.

  4. Nathan Brown:

    It will be difficult to cobble together a majority.  The regime is likely to find it a nuisance. Individual deputies will have an incentive to make a lot of noise or to secure benefits for those who elected them, the result is likely to seem obstructionist and venal. It will be both, but that's the way it has been designed.

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