1. the act of punishing

Similar word(s): penalization, punishment

Definition categories: act

2. a payment required for not fulfilling a contract

Definition categories: possession, payment

3. the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition

- neglected his health and paid the penalty

Definition categories: attribute, disadvantage

4. (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game

Definition categories: attribute, handicap

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.