a punishment imposed or incurred for a violation of law or rule.
a loss, forfeiture, suffering, or the like, to which one subjects oneself by nonfulfillment of some obligation.
something that is forfeited, as a sum of money.
a disadvantage imposed upon one of the competitors or upon one side for infraction of the rules of a game, sport, etc.
consequence or disadvantage attached to any action, condition, etc.
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How to use penalty in a sentence
What are needed, she argued, are neither criminal penalties nor civil damages.
He has since put in place penalties for hospitals and surgeons that perform elective cesareans.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns | Xanthe Ackerman | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The penalties are set in stone through 2016, but after that they will remain at $695 per year, plus inflation.Think You’re Invincible? Here’s Why Open Enrollment Matters | DailyBurn | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The envelope also contains a warning about the federal penalties for obstructing the mail.Grimes Campaign “Exploring Legal Options” Against McConnell | Ben Jacobs | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Second, penalties need to be increased for lying or deliberately withholding relevant requested information from Congress.
The decay and ruin of nearly all the "old families" in Ireland are among the penalties of disregarding it.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
In no part of the world,” he assured us, “were the Custom-house officers so strict, and the penalties so heavy.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Whoever infringed these rules incurred the penalties of high treason.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
A few days later, the bill of pains and penalties against Duncombe passed the Commons.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Under the latter he was deprived of his preferment in Oxford, and under a harsher rule might have incurred yet graver penalties.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
British Dictionary definitions for penalty
a legal or official punishment, such as a term of imprisonment
some other form of punishment, such as a fine or forfeit for not fulfilling a contract
loss, suffering, or other unfortunate result of one's own action, error, etc
sport games a handicap awarded against a player or team for illegal play, such as a free shot at goal by the opposing team, loss of points, etc
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