Constituting punishment; inflicted as a punishment.
at the mercy of punishment; incurring discipline: since, penal neglect.
utilized as a spot of discipline: since, a penal settlement.
Payable or forfeitable as a punishment, as on account of breach of contract, etc.: as, a penal amount.
In a more general good sense, those statutes which impose a unique liability for the performing or omitting of an act. Thus, a statute making the officials of a corporation actually responsible for its debts if they fail to submit an annual report of its matters is apenal statute.