Definitions for punitiveˈpyu nɪ tɪv; -ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pu•ni•tiveˈpyu nɪ tɪv; -ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

also pu•ni•to•ry

  1. serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment.

Origin of punitive:

1615–25; < ML pūnītīvus= L pūnīt(us) (ptp. of pūnīre to punish ) +-īvus -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. punitive, punitory(adj)

    inflicting punishment

    "punitive justice"; "punitive damages"


  1. punitive(Adjective)

    inflicting punishment, punishing

  2. Origin: punitivus, from punio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punitive(adj)

    of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice

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giving punishment.

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