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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (4)

1. the act of punishing;
[syn: punishment, penalty, penalization, penalisation]

2. a payment required for not fulfilling a contract;

3. the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition;
- Example: "neglected his health and paid the penalty"

4. (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Death is the penalty imposed. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The penalty and forfeit of my bond. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A handicap. [Sporting Cant] [1913 Webster] Note: The term penalty is in law mostly applied to a pecuniary punishment. [1913 Webster] Bill of pains and penalties. See under Bill. On penalty of, or Under penalty of, on pain of; with exposure to the penalty of, in case of transgression. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

98 Moby Thesaurus words for "penalty": abatement, acquittal, agio, allowance, amercement, bank discount, breakage, burden, burthen, cargo, cash discount, castigation, chain discount, charge, charge-off, chastening, chastisement, concession, condemnation, condign punishment, correction, cross, cumbrance, cut, deadweight, decision, deduction, depreciation, deserts, difficulty, disadvantage, disciplinary measures, discipline, discount, drawback, embarrassment, encumbrance, ferule, fine, forfeit, freight, hamper, handicap, impediment, impedimenta, imposition, imprisonment, incarceration, inconvenience, infliction, judgment, judicial punishment, kickback, landmark decision, load, lumber, mulct, nemesis, onus, pack, pains, pains and punishments, pay, payment, penal retribution, penalty clause, penance, penology, percentage, premium, price, price reduction, price-cut, punishment, punition, rebate, rebatement, reduction, refund, retribution, retributive justice, rollback, salvage, scourge, sentence, setoff, tare, time discount, trade discount, tret, trouble, underselling, verdict, weight, well-deserved punishment, what-for, white elephant, write-off