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English definition of “penalty”

penalty

noun [C] (DISADVANTAGE)    /ˈpen.əl.ti/ US  /-t̬i/
a disadvantage brought about as a result of a situation or action : Loss of privacy is one of the penalties of success . She has paid a heavy penalty for speaking the truth .Advantage and disadvantage
(Definition of penalty noun (DISADVANTAGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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