Definition of punishable in English:



  • (of an act) subject to a judicial punishment.

    ‘a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in jail’
    ‘a punishable offence’
    • ‘That is dishonorable and punishable by death, if you follow the old samurai credo!’
    • ‘In Victoria, begging is a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment under the Vagrancy Act.’
    • ‘Caging and displaying parrots and parakeets is illegal and punishable by a fine and up to five years in prison.’
    • ‘Instead, they face charges of criminal mischief, punishable by up to two years in the penitentiary.’
    • ‘If such information is leaked to overseas media, this may be a criminal act punishable by imprisonment.’
    illegal, unlawful, illegitimate, criminal, felonious, actionable, prosecutable, indictable, penal, blameworthy, dishonest, fraudulent, unauthorized, unsanctioned, outlawed, banned, forbidden, barred, prohibited, interdicted, proscribed
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