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penaladjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈpi·nəl/
of or connected with punishment given by law: the penal system
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penaladjective

uk   /ˈpiː.nəl/ us   /ˈpiː.nəl/
  • penal adjective (PUNISHMENT)

[before noun] of or relating to punishment given by law: Many people believe that execution has no place in the penal system of a civilized society. He had been in and out of penal institutions (= prison) from the age of 16.
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