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Definitions of penalty

  1. a payment required for not fulfilling a contract Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. Penal retribution; punishment for crime or offense; the suffering in person or property which is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime, offense, or trespass. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The suffering, or the sum to be forfeited, to which a person subjects himself by covenant or agreement, in case of nonfulfillment of stipulations; forfeiture; fine. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A handicap. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The act of punishing. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Legal punishment; fine or forfeit; suffering or punishment as the result of wrongdoing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Punishment: personal or pecuniary punishment: a fine. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Punishment; fine. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Any painful consequence of the transgression of law; punishment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Legal punishment or forfeit; a fine. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. Punishment inflicted by law, either on the person or by a money fine; a forfeiture for non-payment or noncompliance; fine or mulct. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. 1. The sum of money which the obligor of a bond undertakes to pay by way of penalty, in the event of his omitting to perform or carry out the terms imposed upon him by the conditions of the bond. Brown; Tayloe v. Sandiford, 7 Wheat. 13, 5 L. Ed. 384; Watt v. Sheppard, 2 Ala. 445. A penalty is an agreement to pay a greater sum, to secure the payment of a less sum. It is conditional, and can be avoided by the payment of the less sum before the contingency agreed upon shall happen. By what name it is called is immaterial. Ilenry v. Thompson, Minor (Ala.) 209. 227. 2. A punishment; a punishment imposed by statute as a consequence of the commission of a certain specified offense. Lancaster v. Richardson, 4 Laus. (N. Y.) 136; People v. Nedrow. 122 111. 363, 13 N. E. 533; Iowa v. Chicago, etc., R. Co. (C. C.) 37 Fed. 497, 3 L. R. A. 554. The terms “fine.” “forfeiture,” and “penalty” are often used loosely, and even confusedly; but. when a discrimination is made, the word “penalty” is found to be generic in its character, including both fine and forfeiture. A “fine” is a pecuniary penalty, and is commonly (perhaps always) to be collected by suit in some form. A “forfeiture” is a penalty by which one loses his rights and interest in his property. Gosselink v. Campbell, 4 Iowa, 300. 3. The term also denotes money recoverable by virtue of a statute imposing a payment by way of punishment thelawdictionary.org
  15. pen'al-ti, n. punishment: suffering in person or property for wrong-doing or for breach of a law: a fine or loss which a person agrees to pay or bear in case of his non-fulfilment of some undertaking: a fine.--UNDER PENALTY OF, so as to suffer, or (after a negative) without suffering the punishment of. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Punishment, esp. (payment of) sum of money, for breach of law, rule, or contract; the p. of, disadvantage resulting from (quality &c.); (Sport.) disadvantage imposed on competitor for breaking rule or winning previous contest. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. n. Penal retribution; punishment for crime or offence;—forfeiture; fine; mulct. Cabinet Dictionary

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