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corporal punishment

Legal Definition of corporal punishment

Noun

  1. A punishment for some violation of conduct which involves the infliction of pain on, or harm to the body. A fine or imprisonment is not considered to be corporal punishment (in the latter case, although the body is confined, no punishment is inflicted upon the body). The death penalty is the most drastic form of corporal punishment and is also called capital punishment. Some schools still use a strap to punish students. Some countries still punish habitual thieves by cutting off a hand. These are forms of corporal punishment, as is any form of spanking, whipping or bodily mutilation inflicted as punishment.

Definition of corporal punishment

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˌkɔː.pər.əl ˈpʌn.ɪʃ.mənt/, SAMPA: /%kO:p@r.@l "pVn.IS.n@nt/

Noun

corporal punishment (plural corporal punishments)

  1. A form of punishment achieved by inflicting blows to the offender's body.

See also

References:

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