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1.General: Aversive stimulus that follows an undesirable behavior, and is intended to decrease or eliminate the occurrence of that behavior. It may be triggered either due to the performance of an undesirable act (negligence) or the non-performance of a desirable act (disobedience). Punishments take the form of presentation of an unpleasant stimulus (criticism or warning) or withdrawal of a pleasant one (employment or promotion). Threat of punishment usually also constitutes a punishment.
2.Law: Confinement, fine, penalty, sanction, or loss of a privilege, property, or right, assessed and administered as deterrence or retribution by an authorized court to an entity duly convicted of violating the law of the land.

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  • I wondered what his punishment would be for not going to work that day and instead skipping and going to a roller coaster park.

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  • The law is set up in such a way that if a person is found guilty they will receive the punishment that is due to them.

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  • The punishment determined by the supervisor was to issue a verbal warning to the employee who called in sick two days in a row.

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