Definition of corporal punishment in English:

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corporal punishment

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrp(ə)rəl ˈpəniSHmənt/


1Physical punishment, such as caning or flogging.
Example sentences
  • Opponents of corporal punishment argue that frequent physical punishment interferes with the teaching of nonviolent modes of conflict resolution.
  • One of the most common allegations relates to physical abuse and excessive corporal punishment.
  • Similarly, unlike many of their continental European neighbours, the English clung to corporal punishment as a penal sanction until well into the twentieth century.
1.1Punishment under law that includes imprisonment and death.

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Syllabification: cor·po·ral pun·ish·ment

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