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[puhn-i-shuh-buh l] /ˈpʌn ɪ ʃə bəl/
liable to or deserving punishment.
Origin of punishable
1375-1425; late Middle English. See punish, -able
Related forms
punishability, noun
nonpunishable, adjective
repunishable, adjective
unpunishable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for punishable
  • 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


liable to be punished or deserving of punishment
Derived Forms
punishability, noun
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Word Origin and History for punishable

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

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