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, 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Penalty, Penalitynoun

    Etymology: from penalité, old French.

    Many of the ancients denied the Antipodes, and some unto the penality of contrary affirmations; but the experience of navigations, can now assert them beyond all dubitation. Brown.

    Political power is a right of making laws with penalties of death, and consequently all less penalties, for preserving property, and employing the force of the community in the execution of laws. John Locke.

    Beneath her footstool, science groans in chains,
    And wit dreads exile, penalties and pains. Dunciad.

    Lend this money, not as to thy friend,
    But lend it rather to thine enemy,
    Who, if he break, thou may’st with better face
    Exact the penalty. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

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

  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

  3. Penaltynoun

    a handicap

  4. 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. Robert Dunham:

    Lest there be any doubt, we hold that our state constitutions prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, article I, section 17,5 does not require a unanimous jury recommendation or any jury recommendation before a death sentence can be imposed, the court said. That ruling has placed the fate of those death row inmates navigating the resentencing process into the realm of uncertainty. There is a growing fear among experts that some of those death row inmates will have their death penalties reinstated. An execution chamber used in Florida. (Florida Department of Corrections) The question here now is going to be, What about the people that have already been told they are entitled to a resentencing hearing? can you take that away from them? Can you retroactively pull the rug out and reinsert the death penalty? Brunvand toldFox News that a motion has already been filed to reinstate the death penalty for his client. He thinks thats an injustice. I cannot imagine having been sentenced to death, having received word from the Supreme Court that the scheme is unconstitutional and youre going to get a new trial, to have lawyers start preparing for trial and then all of the sudden face the prospect that Oh, we might just send you back to death row. I cant imagine.

  2. Human Rights Watch:

    Despite government claims that the death penalty is necessary to confront terrorism, only a small percentage of those executed were linked to militancy.

  3. Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy:

    The death penalty has become the favorite tool for the Egyptian authorities to purge the political opposition.

  4. Adav Noti:

    In the big picture, the FEC is legendary for not really penalizing anybody, so any penalty of significance from the FEC is noteworthy, and $21,000 — although it’s not a bank-breaker for a presidential campaign, it’s not nothing, either.

  5. Brandon Garrett:

    Virginia was a leading death penalty state, so it's far more significant that Virginia has decided to repeal.

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