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 Dictionary entry overview: What does penal institution mean? 

  The noun PENAL INSTITUTION has 1 sense:

1. an institution where persons are confined for punishment and to protect the public

  Familiarity information: PENAL INSTITUTION used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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An institution where persons are confined for punishment and to protect the public

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Nouns denoting man-made objects


penal facility; penal institution

Hypernyms ("penal institution" is a kind of...):

institution (an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "penal institution"):

brig (a penal institution (especially on board a ship))

concentration camp; stockade (a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions))

correctional institution (a penal institution maintained by the government)

penal colony (a penal institution where prisoners are exiled (often located on an island from which escape is difficult or impossible))

Holonyms ("penal institution" is a part of...):

base; infrastructure (the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area)

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