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as in fine
a sum of money to be paid as a punishment the penalty for speeding is $10 for every mile over the speed limit

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as in disadvantage
the negative result caused by something that creates difficulty for achieving success suffered the penalty of his decision to leave school without graduating

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“Penalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/penalty. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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