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What is another word for penalty?

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A punishment for a crime or wrongdoing
“The maximum penalty for breaking such an order is five years in prison.”
A fine or financial penalty that is imposed as a form of punishment
“Given his precarious financial standing, the goldsmith would not have been able to pay a penalty of several hundred ducats.”
A disadvantage suffered as the result of an action or situation
“If the decision were based on perfect information, there would, of course, be no economic penalty, since the risk of failure would not be a realistic alternative.”
An undesirable consequence of an action or situation
“He must suffer the penalty of his choices.”
A punishment or reparation for a crime, sin or wrongdoing
“As penalty for your sins, since you oversee the gaming subcommittee, you're going approve the bill to allow our banks to finance the three new casinos being built on the Las Vegas strip.”
The punishment assigned to a defendant found guilty by a court for a particular offense
An unintended adverse result or consequence
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A breach of the rules, especially in sports
A prison sentence
Ticket issued by the police for speeding
A cause of great distress or misfortune
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