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penal adj

1 : of, relating to, or being punishment [ sanctions]
2 : making one (as an offender) punishable [a offense]
: criminal
3 : used as a place of confinement and punishment [a institution]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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