Definition of Penalty

1. Noun. The act of punishing.

2. Noun. A payment required for not fulfilling a contract.
Generic synonyms: Payment
Specialized synonyms: Requital, Retribution, Forfeit, Forfeiture, Amercement, Fine, Mulct

3. Noun. The disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition. "Neglected his health and paid the penalty"
Generic synonyms: Disadvantage
Antonyms: Reward

4. Noun. (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game.
Category relationships: Game
Generic synonyms: Handicap
Specialized synonyms: Game Misconduct

Definition of Penalty

1. n. 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.

Definition of Penalty

1. Noun. A legal sentence. ¹

2. Noun. A punishment for violating rules of procedure. ¹

3. Noun. (finance) A payment forfeited for an early withdrawal from an account or an investment. ¹

4. Noun. (football) A direct free kick from the penalty spot, taken after a defensive foul in the penalty box. ¹

5. Noun. (ice hockey) A punishment for an infraction of the rules, often in the form of being removed from play for a specified amount of time. ¹

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Definition of Penalty

1. a punishment imposed for violation of a law, rule, or agreement [n -TIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Penalty

penalty (current term)
penalty arc
penalty arcs
penalty area
penalty areas
penalty box
penalty boxes
penalty copy
penalty corner
penalty free throw
penalty function
penalty functions
penalty goal
penalty goals
penalty kick

Literary usage of Penalty

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Principles of the English Law of Contract and of Agency in Its Relation to by William Reynell Anson (1884)
"Illegality A statute may render an agreement illegal in one of tory pro- two ways — by express prohibition, or by penalty. It may ition. say, ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Booksby William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1875)
"penalty : fine and imprisonment. III. Contempts against his person and government. ... penalty : the same as for the theft. IX. Receiving stolen goods. ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1904)
"celebrated resolution : " The penalty of death will be abolished throughout ... But we must not forget that this very penalty of death, condemned in theory ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
"If it clearly appear that it is the will of Congress that the provision shall not be regarded as in the nature of a penalty, the court must be governed by ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1905)
"It does not, in our day, inevitably follow from such prohibition and penalty that a contract banned by the statute is void; but we "look to the language of ..."

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