Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be punished; appropriate for punishment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deserving of, or liable to, punishment; capable of being punished by law or right; -- said of person or offenses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deserving punishment; liable to punishment; capable of being punished by right or law: applied to persons or conduct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. subject to punishment by law
  • adj. liable to or deserving punishment

Etymologies

punish +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To suggest they have all been harmed, at least to a degree warranting criminal punishable, is to expand the definition of harm to render it meaningless, not mention creating a world of misdemeanants.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A Crime to Repeatedly Insult a Minor

  • Perhaps the Deep Magic of Narnia, the God’s Law it represents is just the sort of fucked-up self-righteous dogma handed down from on high and taken as received wisdom, the kind of bullshit that says, OK, we’re not gonna bother with grassing on your neighbour because that hasn’t been defined as a sin, but grassing on your family is a mortal sin punishable by being gutted like a slaughtered lamb on the stone table.

    Thoughts on Narnia

  • But that, I think, is taking the notion of punishable child abuse — a sensible notion, of course, when properly limited — way too far.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Come on You Homosexual Demon”:

  • But that, I think, is taking the notion of punishable child abuse - a sensible notion, of course, when properly limited - way too far.

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • Petty theft with a prior in California is punishable by three years in prison.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • Petty theft is defined as stealing $400 or less of money or merchandise and is punishable by a fine or a jail sentence of six months or less.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • Under Texas law, any monument on the capitol grounds must be approved by the state legislature; erecting a monument without legislative approval is a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment and an impeachable offense if done by a government official.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • During the colonial period, not only murder and rape but also arson, adultery, buggery, and witchcraft were punishable by death.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In 1797 Louisa Lovinger not only committed adultery but also justified it in a way that would have been punishable by death earlier in the Puritan era and by imprisonment or ostracism later in the Victorian period.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • A minor accused of violating curfew could immediately be taken into custody and a conviction of the ordinance constituted a “violation,” as defined in the Penal Law and was punishable by a sentence of up to 15 days in jail.

    Criminal Law

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