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Meaning of penalty by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • pœnalty ( archaic )


    penalty ( plural: penalties )

    1. A legal sentence .
      The penalty for his crime was to do hard labor .
    2. A punishment for violating rules of procedure.
    3. ( finance ) A payment forfeited for an early withdrawal from an account or an investment .
    4. ( soccer ) A direct free kick from the penalty spot, taken after a defensive foul in the penalty box .
    5. ( ice hockey ) A punishment for an infraction of the rules, often in the form of being removed from play for a specified amount of time .
      A penalty was called when he tripped up his opponent .

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Explanation of penalty by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of punishing

    2. a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor ( or a team ) for an infraction of the rules of the game

    3. the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition

    4. neglected his health and paid the penalty
    5. a payment required for not fulfilling a contract

    Definition of penalty by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Penalty n.; pl. Penalties [F. pénalité. See Penal.]
      1. Penal retribution; punishment for crime or offense; the suffering in person or property which is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime, offense, or trespass.

      Death is the penalty imposed. Milton.

      2. The suffering, or the sum to be forfeited, to which a person subjects himself by covenant or agreement, in case of nonfulfillment of stipulations; forfeiture; fine.

      The penalty and forfeit of my bond. Shak.

      3. A handicap. [Sporting Cant]

      ☞ The term penalty is in law mostly applied to a pecuniary punishment.

      Bill of pains and penalties. See under Bill. -- On penalty of, or Under penalty of, on pain of; with exposure to the penalty of, in case of transgression.