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penal code

noun, Law.
the aggregate of statutory enactments dealing with crimes and their punishment.
Origin of penal code
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It would take another seventy years before anyone would try to do away with this severe penal code.
  • Last year the government gave the nod to a workshop that looked into changing the penal code.
  • The government has changed the penal code to restrict demonstrations.
British Dictionary definitions for penal code

penal code

the codified body of the laws in any legal system that relate to crime and its punishment
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