castigatory

adjective
cas·​ti·​ga·​to·​ry | \ -gəˌtōrē\

Definition of castigatory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or concerned with castigation : punitive

castigatory

noun
plural -es

Definition of castigatory (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete
: an instrument for castigation specifically : cucking stool

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History and Etymology for castigatory

Adjective

Latin castigatorius, from castigatus + -orius -ory

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