Pe·nal a. Of or pertaining to punishment, to penalties, or to crimes and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence: as: (a) Enacting or threatening punishment; as, a penal statue; the penal code. (b) Incurring punishment; subject to a penalty; as, a penal act or offense. (c) Inflicted as punishment; used as a means of punishment; as, a penal colony or settlement. “Adamantine chains and penal fire.”
Penal code Law, a code of laws concerning crimes and offenses and their punishment.
Penal laws, Penal statutes Law, laws prohibiting certain acts, and imposing penalties for committing them.
Penal servitude, imprisonment with hard labor, in a prison, in lieu of transportation. [Great Brit.]
Penal suit, Penal action Law, a suit for penalties.
adj 1: of or relating to punishment; "penal reform"; "penal code"
2: serving as or designed to impose punishment; "penal
servitude"; "a penal colony"
3: subject to punishment by law; "a penal offense" [syn: punishable]