ETYM Latin poenalis, from poena punishment: cf. French pénal. Related to Pain.
1. Of or relating to punishment.
2. Serving as or designed to impose punishment.
3. Subject to punishment by law; SYN. punishable.
Inflicting punishment; SYN. punitory.
Pertaining to or inflicting punishment.
1. Providing vindication; justificatory
2. Punitive, retributive