penological

penology

[pee-nol-uh-jee]
noun
1.
the study of the punishment of crime, in both its deterrent and its reformatory aspects.
2.
the study of the management of prisons.
Also, poenology.


Origin:
1830–40; peno- (combining form representing Greek poinḗ penalty) + -logy

penological [peen-l-oj-i-kuhl] , adjective
penologist, noun

penal, penological, punitive.
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penology (piːˈnɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the branch of the social sciences concerned with the punishment of crime
2.  the science of prison management
 
[C19: from Greek poinē punishment]
 
penological
 
adj
 
peno'logically
 
adv
 
pe'nologist
 
n

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penology
"study of punishment and crime prevention," 1838, from Gk. poine "fine, penalty," L. poena "penalty, punishment" (see penal) + -ology "study of."
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