What does penalty mean?

Definitions for penalty
ˈpɛn l tipenal·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word penalty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. punishment, penalty, penalization, penalisation(noun)

    the act of punishing

  2. penalty(noun)

    a payment required for not fulfilling a contract

  3. penalty(noun)

    the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition

    "neglected his health and paid the penalty"

  4. penalty(noun)

    (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. penalty(Noun)

    A legal sentence.

    The penalty for his crime was to do hard labor.

  2. penalty(Noun)

    A punishment for violating rules of procedure.

  3. penalty(Noun)

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

  4. penalty(Noun)

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

  5. penalty(Noun)

    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. Penalty(noun)

    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. Penalty(noun)

    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. Penalty(noun)

    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. Martin Luther King Jr.:

    I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

  2. European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger:

    The death penalty is irreconcilable with our order of values and our treaties. No country can become a member state of the EU if it introduces the death penalty.

  3. Cassandra Stubbs:

    This shows that the Supreme Court continues to apply close scrutiny to the death penalty. I think it's really a harbinger of the day coming when the Supreme Court is going to strike it down.

  4. President Trump:

    Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, National Anthem continues without penalty to the players.

  5. Sarah Feinberg:

    The total amount of penalty each railroad faces depends upon the total amount of implementation progress the railroad has made.

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