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punitive

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adjective pu·ni·tive \ˈpyü-nə-tiv\

Simple Definition of punitive

  • : intended to punish someone or something

  • : extremely or unfairly severe or high

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of punitive

  1. :  inflicting, involving, or aiming at punishment <severe punitive measures>

punitively

adverb

punitiveness

noun

Examples of punitive in a sentence

  1. The federal government will take punitive action against the company that polluted the river.

  2. Lobbyists complain that the bill would impose punitive taxes on the industry.



Origin and Etymology of punitive

French punitif, from Medieval Latin punitivus, from Latin punitus, past participle of punire


First Known Use: 1624

Rhymes with punitive


Law Dictionary

punitive

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adjective pu·ni·tive \ˈpyü-nə-tiv\

Legal Definition of punitive

  1. :  inflicting, involving, or aiming at punishment

punitively

adverb

punitiveness

noun




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