Meaning of penalty

pen•al•ty

Pronunciation: (pen'l-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. a punishment imposed or incurred for a violation of law or rule.
  2. a loss, forfeiture, suffering, or the like, to which one subjects oneself by nonfulfillment of some obligation.
  3. something that is forfeited, as a sum of money.
  4. a disadvantage imposed upon one of the competitors or upon one side for infraction of the rules of a game, sport, etc.
  5. consequence or disadvantage attached to any action, condition, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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