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Dictionary definition for: Penalty

1. (n) the act of punishing

2. (n) a payment required for not fulfilling a contract

3. (n) the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty"

4. (n) (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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