Definitions of penal

  1. Of or pertaining to punishment, to penalties, or to crimes and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence
  2. Incurring punishment; subject to a penalty; as, a penalact of offense.
  3. Inflicted as punishment; used as a means of punishment; as, a penal colony or settlement.
  4. Pertaining, or liable to punishment; as, a penal offense.
  5. Pertaining to punishment: incurring or denouncing punishment: used for punishment.
  6. Incurring, or prescribing, punishment.
  7. Pertaining to punishment; liable to punishment.
  8. Enacting, inflicting or incurring punishment for crime.
  9. That punishes; that incurs or inflicts punishment; used as a place of punishment.