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 (pē′nə-līz′, pĕn′ə-)
tr.v. pe·nal·ized, pe·nal·iz·ing, pe·nal·iz·es
a. To subject (a person) to a penalty, especially for infringement of a law or regulation. See Synonyms at punish.
b. To make (an action or a condition) liable to a penalty: Tripping is penalized in hockey.
2. To impose a handicap on; place at a disadvantage: was penalized by his poor education.

pe′nal·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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