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corporal punishment

Law. physical punishment, as flogging, inflicted on the body of one convicted of a crime: formerly included the death penalty, sentencing to a term of years, etc.
physical punishment, as spanking, inflicted on a child by an adult in authority.
Origin of corporal punishment
1575-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For he had no theoretical objection to corporal punishment.
  • Americans began experimenting with incarceration as a humane alternative to corporal punishment in the late seventeenth century.
  • Tenure meetings and dissertation defenses would be prime occasions for the administering of corporal punishment.
  • It's not a huge leap then to see children as having nascent civil rights that conflict with regular corporal punishment.
  • If there is consensus in the community that the act merits more serious sanctions, corporal punishment is initiated.
  • It is not always that school children are benefited by a rule forbidding corporal punishment.
British Dictionary definitions for corporal punishment

corporal punishment

punishment of a physical nature, such as caning, flogging, or beating
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