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English definition of “penal”


adjective (CAUSING DISADVANTAGE)    /ˈpiː.nəl/ UK
having a harmful effect ; causing disadvantage : They complained about the penal and counter-productive tax rates . Employees regarded the childcare charges as penal.Dangerous and harmful
(Definition of penal adjective (CAUSING DISADVANTAGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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