Definition of punitive in English:


Line breaks: pu¦ni|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːnɪtɪv
(also punitory /-t(ə)ri/)




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  • ‘He has no trouble speaking off the cuff when he's speaking punitively, when he's talking about violence, when he's talking about revenge,’ Miller told Whyte.
  • More tobacco industry litigation and settlements are expected to punitively punish the tobacco industry for long-term misrepresentation of the health risks associated with smoking.
  • The judge knew we had all these debts and yet he punitively and vindictively imposed these defence costs on us as well.


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  • I have just put online here one of my academic papers that reports some survey findings about punitiveness.
  • The presence of a climate of punitiveness and regimentation is a longstanding concern in other studies of the trajectory of adolescents in various forms of mental health or substance abuse treatment.
  • For criminal offenders, if different sanctions are to have the punitive and deterrent effect that the public and officials desire, offenders must generally share the state's punitiveness in ranking of criminal sanctions.


early 17th century: from French punitif, -ive or medieval Latin punitivus, from Latin punit- 'punished', from the verb punire (see punish).

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