Penalty

Definition of Penalty

Pe´nal`ty
n.1.Penal retribution; punishment for crime or offense; the suffering in person or property which is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime, offense, or trespass.
Death is the penalty imposed.
- Milton.
2.The suffering, or the sum to be forfeited, to which a person subjects himself by covenant or agreement, in case of nonfulfillment of stipulations; forfeiture; fine.
The penalty and forfeit of my bond.
- Shak.
3.A handicap.
Bill of pains and penalties
See under Bill.
On penalty of
on pain of; with exposure to the penalty of, in case of transgression.

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