- to subject to a penalty, as a person.
- to declare (an action, deed, etc.) punishable by law or rule.
- to put under a disadvantage or handicap.
Also especially British, pe·nal·ise.
Origin of penalize
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Examples from the Web for penalization
Hence the crudely ineffective idea of penalization as a preventive.
At present the only public recognition of the alcoholic is manifested through some form of penalization.
It will mean the penalization of real worth and the endowment of inferiority and incompetence.Applied Eugenics
Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
- to impose a penalty on (someone), as for breaking a law or rule
- to inflict a handicap or disadvantage on
- sport to award a free stroke, point, or penalty against (a player or team)
- to declare (an act) legally punishable; make subject to a penalty
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Word Origin and History for penalization
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