- 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 penalised
One woman only picked oakum all day; she was the one who was penalised.
In other words, these innocent and innocuous marks are regarded as defects and penalised accordingly.The Preparation of Plantation Rubber
Once again, as in the eighteenth century, Ireland would be penalised for being a poor and "sweated" country.
One after another Irish industries were penalised and crippled by being forbidden all part in the export trade.
If once a national system sufficient for destitution was inaugurated, the man who will not work could be penalised.
- 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 penalised
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