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    Different?

    Can you tell me what's the difference between fine, penalty and punishment?


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    Re: Different?

    Context would be really helpful.

    However:

    Penalty = Something unpleasant occurring as the result of wrongdoing

    Punishment = The incurring of a penalty

    Fine = A sum of money exacted as a penalty.


    The fine was his punishment for exceeding the speed limit. It is the normal penalty.

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