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Penalty Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    penalty n
  1. the act of punishing [syn: punishment, penalization, penalisation]
  2. a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
  3. the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty" [ant: advantage]
  4. (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game
Penalty Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Penalty \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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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Penalty'


  • Penalty: Penalty may refer to: In law: Penalty, a sentence (decree of punishment) issued by a court or judge. Penalty, sanctions imposed by a court, ...
  • Penalty kick: A penalty kick (or penalty) is a type of free kick in association football , taken from twelve yards (approximately eleven metres) out from ...
  • Penalty (ice hockey): A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behavior . Most penalties are enforced by detaining the offending player ...
  • Penalty shootout (association football): A penalty shootout (referred to as kicks from the penalty mark in the Laws of the Game ) is a method sometimes used in association football ...
  • Penalty (American football): In American football and Canadian football , a penalty is a sanction called against a team for a violation of the rules, called a foul. ...
  • Fine (penalty): See also : Penalty units Standard scale Category:Punishments Category:Finance.
  • Penalty (rugby): In rugby football , the penalty is the main disciplinary sanction available to the referee to penalise players who commit deliberate ...

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'Penalty' in famous quotation sentence


* The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence. - H.L. Mencken

* Happy During high school, I played junior hockey and still hold two league records most time spent in the penalty box and I was the only guy to ever take off his skate and try to stab somebody. - Happy Gilmore

* In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law ... That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his 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 law. - Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Penalty Sample Sentences in News


  • PostJoint Google Penalty Fallout Continues
    PostJoint has reconfirmed their penalty in Google. The penalty was for unnatural inbound links, which seems to be Google's stock penalty for blog networks. It was not a new business model violations penalty, as has been reported elsewhere. Read more on this news related to 'Penalty'
  • Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Kansas killings
    OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor filed a motion Tuesday seeking the death penalty against a man accused in the brutal shooting deaths of four people last spring, including an 18-month-old toddler. Read more on this news related to 'Penalty'
  • Prosecutor seeks death penalty in shooting deaths of woman, toddler at Kansas farm
    A prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against a 28-year-old man accused in the fatal shooting of four people at a rural eastern Kansas farm. Read more on this news related to 'Penalty'

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