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    penalty - Dictionary definition and meaning for word penalty

    (noun) the act of punishing Definition
    (noun) a payment required for not fulfilling a contract Definition
    (noun) the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
    Example Sentence
    • neglected his health and paid the penalty
    (noun) (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game
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