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Adjective: penal  pee-n(u)l
  1. Serving as or designed to impose punishment
    "penal servitude"; "the juvenile was sentenced to six months in a penal institution"
  2. (of an act or offence) subject to punishment by law
    "a penal offence";
    - punishable
  3. Of or relating to punishment
    "penal reform"; "penal code"

See also: illegal, punitive, punitory

Encyclopedia: Penal