1. the act of punishing
Definition categories: act
2. a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
3. the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
- neglected his health and paid the penalty
4. (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game
Sentences with penalty as a noun:
- The penalty for his crime was to do hard labor.
- A penalty was called when he tripped up his opponent.