The definition of a penalty is a punishment, fine or a negative result of an act.(noun)
An example of a penalty is having to attend traffic school for a getting a speeding ticket.
See penalty in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. penalties
Origin: LME penalyte < ML poenalitas < L poenalis: see penal
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noun pl. pen·al·ties
Origin: Middle English penalte
Origin: , from Old French penalite
Origin: , from Medieval Latin poenālitās
Origin: , from Latin poenālis, penal; see penal.
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