What does penalty mean?

Definitions for penalty
ˈpɛn l tipenal·ty

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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

Anagrams for penalty »

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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. Staff Janos Lazar:

    There is a debate about the introduction of the death penalty. A debate, so it is not like there is a plan to introduce the death penalty.

  2. Maine Gov. Paul LePage:

    I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people that kill Mainers, we've got to go 20 years, we've got to keep them here until they die.

  3. Cal Brown:

    From a financial perspective it would be better to take a penalty-free withdrawal from the 401( k) because it won't cost you as much, but it can be hard psychologically to take from yourself in the future and pay yourself back. It might be better to borrow the money because you have a regular bill to pay and the cost is immediate. And your retirement remains funded.

  4. Elbert Hubbard:

    The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. That is part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure continously without resentment.

  5. Rufus Sims:

    I asked for my lawyer, they said I could not have one and I was not getting one, the police and investigators had me with the death penalty if I did not say I did it.

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