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definition of the word penalty

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Singular
penalty

Plural
penalties

penalty (plural penalties)

  1. A legal sentence.
    The penalty for his crime was to do hard labor.
  2. A punishment for violating rules of procedure.
  3. (finance) A payment forfeited for an early withdrawal from an account or an investment.
  4. (soccer) A direct free-kick from the penalty spot, taken after a defensive foul in the penalty box.
  5. (ice hockey) A punishment for an infraction of the rules, often in the form of being removed from play for a specified amount of time.
    A penalty was called when he tripped up his opponent.

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