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punitive

Definition of punitive

Etymology

    Medieval Latin punitivus, from punire to punish.

Pronunciation

Adjective

punitive (comparative more punitive, superlative most punitive)

  1. (law) inflicting punishment, punishing

    Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Syria.
    The jury awarded $10,000 in punitive damages.

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