Examples of punitive in a Sentence
The federal government will take punitive action against the company that polluted the river.
Lobbyists complain that the bill would impose punitive taxes on the industry.
Recent Examples of punitive from the Web
Under Steve Ballmer, the ultra-wealthy former Microsoft executive, the Clippers have regularly been in the luxury tax, triggering the punitive repeater taxes that non-contenders avoid like the plague.
The Kurds voted in September to declare independence from Iraq, a move that triggered Baghdad into placing a punitive ban on international flights into the region.
The country’s first civilian government in 50 years has shown itself just as willing as its military predecessors to pursue punitive charges against journalists investigating conflict or corruption.
Trump officials started the investigation by using an old provision of U.S. trade laws that gives the president broad powers to apply punitive measures.
Critics have derided the changes, which are sure to inspire legal challenges, as unfair and punitive to the poor.
The United Nations Security Council is meeting Friday to discuss additional punitive measures, after Japan announced its own unilateral sanctions.
Arab diplomats said some Arab League members had wanted a more hard-line resolution, including punitive measures against countries that follow the U.S. example and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Immediately after Britain voted to leave the EU in last year’s referendum, the European Commission seemed set to take a punitive approach to negotiations, turning the screws on Britain to discourage other member states from departing.
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punitive and the Law
Punitive is an important word in the law. When you sue a person or company for having wronged you in some way, you normally ask for something of value equal to what you were deprived of by the other party. But when the defendant has done something particularly bad, you may also ask for punitive damages, money over and above the actual cost of the harm done, intended to teach the defendant a lesson. Punitive damages are fairly rare, but when they're actually granted they may be as much as four times the size of the basic damages.
Origin and Etymology of punitive
First Known Use: 1593See Words from the same year
Synonymscastigating, chastening, chastising, correcting, correctional, corrective, disciplinary, disciplining, penal, penalizing
Related Wordsretaliative, retaliatory, retributive, retributory, revengeful; vengeful, wrathful
Near Antonymscompensatory; acquitting, exculpating, exculpatory, exonerating, vindicating; absolving, condoning, pardoning, remitting; commuting, reprieving
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