[ pen-l-tee ]
/ ˈpɛn l ti /

noun, plural pen·al·ties.

a punishment imposed or incurred for a violation of law or rule.
a loss, forfeiture, suffering, or the like, to which one subjects oneself by nonfulfillment of some obligation.
something that is forfeited, as a sum of money.
a disadvantage imposed upon one of the competitors or upon one side for infraction of the rules of a game, sport, etc.
consequence or disadvantage attached to any action, condition, etc.

Origin of penalty

1505–15; ≪ Medieval Latin poenālitās. See penal, -ty2

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British Dictionary definitions for penalty

/ (ˈpɛnəltɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a legal or official punishment, such as a term of imprisonment
some other form of punishment, such as a fine or forfeit for not fulfilling a contract
loss, suffering, or other unfortunate result of one's own action, error, etc
sport games a handicap awarded against a player or team for illegal play, such as a free shot at goal by the opposing team, loss of points, etc

Word Origin for penalty

C16: from Medieval Latin poenālitās penalty; see penal