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Meaning of PENALTY

Pronunciation:  'penltee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of punishing
  2. [n]  the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty"
  3. [n]  a payment required for not fulfilling a contract

PENALTY is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: penalisation, penalization, punishment
 Antonyms: advantage, reward
 See Also: amercement, castigation, chastisement, corporal punishment, correction, cruel and unusual punishment, detention, disadvantage, discipline, economic strangulation, fine, forfeit, forfeiture, imprisonment, medicine, mulct, music, payment, penance, requital, retribution, self-abasement, self-mortification, self-punishment, social control, stick



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pe"nal*ty\, n.; pl. {Penalties}. [F. p['e]nalit['e].
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]

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

{Bill of pains and penalties}. See under {Bill}.

{On}, or {Under}, {penalty of}, on pain of; with exposure to
   the penalty of, in case of transgression.

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