Pe"nal(?), a. [L. poenalis, fr. poena punishment: cf. F. pnal. See Pain.] 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." Milton.
(Law), a code of laws concerning crimes and offenses and their punishment. --
(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.] --
(Law), a suit for penalties.
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