- The definition of a penalty is a punishment, fine or a negative result of an act.
An example of a penalty is having to attend traffic school for a getting a speeding ticket.
Getting a ticket is a penalty for speeding.
- a punishment fixed by law, as for a crime or breach of contract
- the disadvantage, suffering, handicap, etc. imposed upon an offender or one who does not fulfill a contract or obligation, as a fine or forfeit; specif., a forfeit paid for withdrawal before maturity of invested funds
- any unfortunate consequence or result of an act or condition
- Sports any disadvantage, as a loss of yardage or the removal of a player, imposed because of infraction of a rule
Origin of penaltyLate Middle English penalyte ; from Medieval Latin poenalitas ; from Classical Latin poenalis: see penal
- A punishment imposed for a violation of law.
- A sum established by a contract to be forfeited in lieu of actual damages in the event of a breach of the contract.
- The disadvantage or painful consequences resulting from an action or condition: neglected his health and paid the penalty.
- Sports a. A punishment, handicap, or loss of advantage imposed on a team or competitor for infraction of a rule.b. An infraction of a rule; a foul.
- Games Points scored in contract bridge by the opponents when the declarer fails to make a bid.
Origin of penaltyMiddle English penalte, from Old French penalite, from Medieval Latin poenālitās, from Latin poenālis, penal; see penal.
- A legal sentence.
- The penalty for his crime was to do hard labor.
- A punishment for violating rules of procedure.
- (finance) A payment forfeited for an early withdrawal from an account or an investment.
- (soccer) A direct free kick from the penalty spot, taken after a defensive foul in the penalty box; a penalty kick.
- (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.