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Definitions for penalty
ˈpɛn l tipenal·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. punishment, penalty, penalization, penalisationnoun

    the act of punishing

  2. penaltynoun

    a payment required for not fulfilling a contract

  3. penaltynoun

    the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition

    "neglected his health and paid the penalty"

  4. penaltynoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. penaltynoun

    A legal sentence.

    The penalty for his crime was to do hard labor.

  2. penaltynoun

    A punishment for violating rules of procedure.

  3. penaltynoun

    A payment forfeited for an early withdrawal from an account or an investment.

  4. penaltynoun

    A direct free kick from the penalty spot, taken after a defensive foul in the penalty box.

  5. penaltynoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penaltynoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. pnalit. See Penal.]

  2. Penaltynoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. pnalit. See Penal.]

  3. Penaltynoun

    a handicap

    Etymology: [F. pnalit. See Penal.]

Freebase

  1. Penalty

    A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for an infringement of the rules. Most penalties are enforced by detaining the offending player within a penalty box for a set number of minutes, during which the player can not participate in play. The offending team usually may not replace the player on the ice, leaving them short handed as opposed to full strength. The opposing team is said to be on a power play, having one player more on the ice than the short-handed team. The short handed team is said to be "penalty killing" until the penalty expires and the penalized player returns to play. While standards vary somewhat between leagues, most leagues recognize several common degrees of penalty, as well as common infractions. The statistic used to track penalties was traditionally called "Penalty Infraction Minutes", although the alternate term "Penalties in Minutes" has become common in recent years.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Penalty

    pen′al-ti, n. punishment: suffering in person or property for wrong-doing or for breach of a law: a fine or loss which a person agrees to pay or bear in case of his non-fulfilment of some undertaking: a fine.—Under penalty of, so as to suffer, or (after a negative) without suffering the punishment of.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. penalty

    In a military sense, signifies forfeiture for non-performance, likewise punishment for embezzlement, etc.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'penalty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3643

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'penalty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3936

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'penalty' in Nouns Frequency: #1159

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  1. aplenty, netplay

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penalty in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penalty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of penalty in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Muckenthaler:

    A $40 a month penalty is not enough for me to want to tell my employer what I'm doing with my health.

  2. Denise Zheng:

    We need to have a response whether it's an industry or a government response so that folks understand there is a penalty here, if they go unpunished, the message that sends is detrimental.

  3. Steph Houghton:

    When we got the penalty I turned to my bench and said we were going to win it, but it wasn't to be, we knew it was going to be an open game and I felt they were starting to run out of steam in the second half.

  4. Republican Governor Pete Ricketts:

    The death penalty in Nebraska remains an appropriate tool in sentencing the most heinous criminals.

  5. Sari Bashi:

    The death penalty is an inherently cruel and irreversible punishment in all circumstances, it's particularly egregious to execute defendants sentenced in Gaza, whose court system is rife with coercion, torture and compromised procedures.

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