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noun (n)

  • the act of punishing (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • a payment required for not fulfilling a contract (noun.possession)
    source: wordnet30
  • the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition (noun.attribute)
    Antonym: advantage, reward
    Neglected his health and paid the penalty.
    source: wordnet30
  • (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game (noun.attribute)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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