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Meaning of PUNITIVE

Pronunciation:  'pyoonitiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive damages"
 

PUNITIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: correctional, penal, penitentiary, punitory
 
 Antonyms: rehabilitative
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pu"ni*tive\, a.
Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or
inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice.

      If death be punitive, so, likewise, is the necessity
      imposed upon man of toiling for his subsistence. -- I.
                                               Taylor.

      We shall dread a blow from the punitive hand.
                                               --Bagehot.

 

 

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