Bill of pains and penalties
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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  • Bill of pains and penalties — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of pains and penalties — see bill 1 Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Bill of pains and penalties — pain pain (p[=a]n), n. [OE. peine, F. peine, fr. L. poena, penalty, punishment, torment, pain; akin to Gr. poinh penalty. Cf. {Penal}, {Pine} to languish, {Punish}.] 1. Punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of pains and penalties — A form of legislative sentence for crime, in all respects identical with a bill of attainder, except that it prescribes the infliction of a punishment less than capital. Cummings v Missouri (US) 4 Wall 277, 18 L Ed 356. It is within the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bill of pains and penalties — Statutory provision for punishment without judicial determination of guilt similar to bill of attainder except that punishment is less severe. Prohibited by U.S.Const., Art. I, No. 9, cl. 3 (Congress), No. 10 (States) See also bill of attainder …   Black's law dictionary

  • bill of pains and penalties — Statutory provision for punishment without judicial determination of guilt similar to bill of attainder except that punishment is less severe. Prohibited by U.S.Const., Art. I, No. 9, cl. 3 (Congress), No. 10 (States) See also bill of attainder …   Black's law dictionary

  • bill of pains and penalties — a legislative act imposing upon those who have previously committed a certain designated act or acts punishment or disability by which the act was not punishable at the time of its commission compare ex post facto law …   Useful english dictionary

  • pains and penalties, bills of — The name given to acts of parliament to attaint particular persons of treason or felony, or to inflict pains and penalties beyond or contrary to the common law, to serve a special purpose. They are in fact new laws, made pro re nata. See also… …   Black's law dictionary

  • pains and penalties — See bill of pains and penalties …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Pains and Penalties Bill 1820 — The Pains and Penalties Bill 1820 was a bill introduced to the British Parliament in 1820, at the request of King George IV, who had ascended the throne on 29 January 1820, following the death of his father, King George III. The aim of the bill… …   Wikipedia

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