Definitions of "penal"
  1. Anything that is related to punishment
  2. A location where someone is confined or punished
How to use "penal" in a sentence
  1. The penal system aims to deter offenders from committing future offenses.
  2. After a guilty verdict, the penal phase of the trial will determine the offender's punishment.
  3. Prisons are part of the penal system because they confine and punish those who commit crimes.

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