A system of criminal justice based on the punishment of offenders rather than on rehabilitation.
- The case had sparked off a nation-wide debate on the relevance of the death penalty or retributive justice even in such heinous crimes.
- In the mercy of God, there is no retributive justice, no eye for an eye, no settling of scores.
- I believe in simple, retributive justice, which has its roots in the dawn of human history.
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Syllabification: re·trib·u·tive jus·tice
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