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
This was intended to deter such deals and to lay the groundwork for future punitive action.
Worse, the Trump administration’s first forays into welfare policy, such as approving plans by Wisconsin and other states to drug test food-stamp recipients, have seemed unduly punitive.
At The Guardian, Susana Ferreira spends time in Portugal’s north and south, examining the sweeping shift from a standard punitive approach to drug use to one focused on harm-reduction.
Arab foreign ministers demanded on Sunday that the U.S. rescind the decision and vowed to seek a U.N. Security Council resolution rejecting the U.S. move, but did not include any punitive actions.
For example, the draft resolution obtained by The Associated Press did not include any punitive actions against the United States, like calling for a boycott of American products or suspending or downgrading ties with Washington.
Britain and Canada criticised America’s decision to slap punitive tariffs on aircraft made by Bombardier.
The outcome reflects the difficulty of securing international backing for punitive measures against Pyongyang, as well as the level of international concern about the country’s nuclear and missile programs.
One explanation for the prevalence of trigger-happy cops is the embrace of punitive policing as an antidote for weak justice systems.
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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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