On penalty of
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]


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