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1 : relating to, involving, or being a crime [ neglect] [ conduct]
2 : relating to crime or its prosecution [brought a action] [ code] compare civil, penal
n 1 : one who has committed a crime
2 : a person who has been convicted of a crime
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.