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penal British & World English

Relating to, used for, or prescribing the punishment of offenders under the legal system

penal English Thesaurus

a penal institution

Penal Laws British & World English

Various statutes passed in Britain and Ireland during the 16th and 17th centuries that imposed harsh restrictions on Roman Catholics. The laws were repealed by various Acts between 1791 and 1926

penal servitude British & World English

Imprisonment with hard labour