Corporal punishment  

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Corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of pain intended to change a person's behavior or to punish them. Historically speaking, most punishments, whether in judicial, domestic, or educational settings, were corporal in basis.

In the Western world, corporal punishment for crimes has been largely abandoned in favor of other disciplinary methods. Modern judges often favor fines or incarceration, whilst school discipline in the West generally avoids physical correction altogether; the United States is now the only significant exception to this.

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