penal action

Definition of "penal action"
  1. A step taken by the government or an individual aiming to enforce a penalty according to a statute against someone who has broken a law, serving a punitive, not curative, purpose
How to use "penal action" in a sentence
  1. If the company continues to dump waste illegally, it could face a penal action.
  2. The individual, caught stealing, was fearful of the impending penal action.
  3. The negligent contractor was served with a penal action for violating building safety regulations.

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