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 penalty penalty

noun

  • () the act of punishing  ( penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment )
    the act of punishing
  • () the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition  ( penalty )
    the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
     neglected his health and paid the penalty
    neglected his health and paid the penalty
  • () a payment required for not fulfilling a contract  ( penalty )
    a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
  • (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game  ( penalty )
    (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game