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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Penalty  \Pe"nal*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Penalties}.  [F.  p['e]nalit['e]. 
  See  {Penal}.] 
  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.  [Sporting  Cant] 
  Note:  The  term  penalty  is  in  law  mostly  applied  to  a 
  pecuniary  punishment. 
  {Bill  of  pains  and  penalties}.  See  under  {Bill}. 
  {On},  or  {Under},  {penalty  of},  on  pain  of  with  exposure  to 
  the  penalty  of  in  case  of  transgression. 

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