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punishable

[puhn-i-shuh-buh l] /ˈpʌn ɪ ʃə bəl/
adjective
1.
liable to or deserving punishment.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English. See punish, -able
Related forms
punishability, noun
nonpunishable, adjective
repunishable, adjective
unpunishable, adjective
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  • Where you find it punishable, punish it, and let it not grow.
  • So too are strict laws, with many crimes punishable by caning or hanging.
  • It should be made clear, however, that such positions are not punishable.
  • In the late nineteenth century, however, polygamy became punishable by law.
  • Reading programs were set up in every city and village, and failure to attend was punishable by three years in jail.
  • Discrimination of that kind is punishable by law, the playing field is level, no need for affirmative action.
  • Second, it does explicitly state that those papers contributing to his winning the grant is a punishable offense.
  • Without their testimony, the authorities can convict them only on a lesser charge, punishable by two years in prison.
  • Violation of a gag order can be punishable by up to five years in prison.
  • If he accepts four more bets today, he's in felony territory, an offense punishable by up to three years in prison.
British Dictionary definitions for punishable

punishable

/ˈpʌnɪʃəbəl/
adjective
1.
liable to be punished or deserving of punishment
Derived Forms
punishability, noun
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Word Origin and History for punishable
adj.

1530s, of persons; 1540s, of offenses, from punish + -able.

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