What does the word penal mean?

Usage examples for penal

  1. Is not Mr Heinzen this time talking the language of the French September laws, the English bourgeois newspapers, and the German penal code? – Selected Essays by Karl Marx
  2. Clare was a product of the Penal Code, the son of a Catholic Irishman who, to obtain a legal career, had become a Protestant. – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
  3. What about your three years' penal servitude? – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke