Definition for PE'NAL

PE'NAL, a. [Fr. and Sp. id.; It. penale; from L. pœna, Gr. ποινη, pain, punishment. See Pain.]

  1. Enacting punishment; denouncing the punishment of offenses; as, a penal law or statute; the penal code. Penal statutes must be construed strictly. – Blackstone.
  2. Inflicting punishment. Adamantine chains and penal fire. – Milton.
  3. Incurring punishment; subject to a penalty; as, a penal act or offense.

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