penalize

[ peen-l-ahyz, pen- ]
/ ˈpin lˌaɪz, ˈpɛn- /

verb (used with object), pe·nal·ized, pe·nal·iz·ing.

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.

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Origin of penalize

First recorded in 1865–70; penal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM penalize

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Example sentences from the Web for penalize

  • It will mean the penalization of real worth and the endowment of inferiority and incompetence.

    Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Hence the crudely ineffective idea of penalization as a preventive.

    Habits that Handicap|Charles B. Towns
  • At present the only public recognition of the alcoholic is manifested through some form of penalization.

    Habits that Handicap|Charles B. Towns

British Dictionary definitions for penalize

penalize

penalise

/ (ˈpiːnəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of penalize

penalization or penalisation, noun
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