penalty

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a fine or other action taken to punish someone for doing something

Accounting

  • noun an arbitrary pre-arranged sum that becomes payable if one party breaks a term of a contract or an undertaking. The most common penalty is a high rate of interest on an unauthorised overdraft.

Aviation

  • noun an unwanted result of an action

Law

  • noun a punishment such as a fine which is imposed if something is not done or if a law is not obeyed

Sports

  • noun a disadvantage imposed on a player or team for breaking a rule in a sport or game, e.g. a free shot at the goal awarded to the opposing side.
  • noun a goal scored from a penalty kick
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