Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Pertaining to the body.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Relating to the body; bodily. Should be dlstingulshed from corporeal, (q. n.)
    —Corporal imbecility. Physical inability to perform completely the act of sexuai intercourse; not necessarily congenital, and not invariably a permanent and incurable impotence. Griffeth v. Griffeth 162 111. 368, 44 N. E. 820; Ferris v. Ferris, 8 Co.nn. 168.
    —Corporal oath. An oath, the external solemnity of which consists in laying one's hand upon the Gospels while the oath ls administered to him. More generally, a solemn oath. The terms "corporal oath" and "solemn oath" are, in Indiana, at least, used synonymously; and an oath taken with the uplifted hand may be properly described by either term. Jackson v. State, 1 Ind. 185; State v. Norris, 9 N. H. 102; Com. v. Jarboe, 89 Ky. 148, A.2 S. W. 138.
    —Corporal punishment. Physical punishment as distinguished from pecuniary punishment or a fine; any kind of punishment of or inflicted on the body, such as whipping or the pillory ; the term may or may not include imprisonment, according to the context. Ritchey v. People, 22 Colo. 251, 43 Pae, 1026; People v. Winchell, 7 Cow. (N. Y.) 525, note.
    —Corporal touch. Bodily touch; actual physical contact; manual apprehension.