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[ peen-l-ahyz, pen- ]

verb (used with object)

, pe·nal·ized, pe·nal·iz·ing.
  1. to subject to a penalty, as a person.
  2. to declare (an action, deed, etc.) punishable by law or rule.
  3. to put under a disadvantage or handicap.


/ ˈpiːnəˌlaɪz /


  1. to impose a penalty on (someone), as for breaking a law or rule
  2. to inflict a handicap or disadvantage on
  3. sport to award a free stroke, point, or penalty against (a player or team)
  4. to declare (an act) legally punishable; make subject to a penalty

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Derived Forms

  • ˌpenaliˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • penal·iza·ble adjective
  • penal·i·zation noun
  • non·penal·ized adjective
  • over·penal·i·zation noun
  • over·penal·ize verb (used with object) overpenalized overpenalizing
  • re·penal·ize verb (used with object) repenalized repenalizing
  • un·penal·ized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of penalize1

First recorded in 1865–70; penal + -ize

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Example Sentences

Doing that will surely get you penalized and or even banned from Google.

Zacche’s attorney said the former chief shouldn’t have been penalized as severely as he was.

Employees ended up being penalized for getting too close, the Guardian article alleges, even if it wasn’t their fault.

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He was penalized two strokes, and the incident followed him onto the course the following week during Presidents Cup play.

Also, you’ll be at higher risk of getting penalized due to duplicate content.

Major League Baseball actually does not penalize usage in the bigs, but does crack down on minor leaguers.

So when Sotnikova stepped out of her jumping combination, the judges did penalize her.

If we financially penalize good medicine, we cannot expect it to flourish.

Retailers penalize those who block off a lot of time as unavailable by giving them fewer hours.

Barry was also known to penalize friends who wasted precioussmoke ( i.e. not performing TA) by denying them a hit.

This would give compelling effect to distance as a factor, and would tend to penalize the roundabout carriage of goods.

He thinks we are thieves and scoundrels and tearers up of treaties, because we did not penalize ourselves!

“I think it was pretty rough, Mr. Upton, to penalize him for an unintentional foul,” said Morrill.

We penalize ourselves every time we run a train without full tonnage.

The act referred to prohibits slavery, but does not penalize it.


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