What does venal mean?

Definitions for venalˈvin l

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word venal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. corruptible, bribable, dishonest, purchasable, venal(adj)

    capable of being corrupted

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Venal(adj)

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

  2. Venal(adj)

    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

  3. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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. 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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