from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A body of laws relating to crimes and offenses and the penalties for their commission.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a code of laws concerning crimes and offenses and their punishment.

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

  • n. the legal code governing crimes and their punishment


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  • On the other hand, to meet the emperors wishes as far as allowable, the penal code of the empire could be taken over as it stood (cf. Audray, "Regist. de Grégoire

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • The filing was not alphabetical, and there was no logic to the penal code placements — homosexual occurrences were lumped with straight exhibitionism and child molestation; misdemeanants and felons brushed against each other.

    The Big Nowhere

  • He scanned upper right corners for penal code numbers — Burglary,

    The Big Nowhere


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