Definitions for

Overview of noun penalty

The noun penalty has 4 senses? (first 3 from tagged texts)
1. (6) punishment, penalty, penalization, penalisation

(the act of punishing)

2. (1) penalty

(a payment required for not fulfilling a contract)

3. (1) penalty

(the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty")

4. penalty

((games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game) © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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