retributive

adjective

re·​trib·​u·​tive ri-ˈtri-byə-tiv How to pronounce retributive (audio)
: of, relating to, or marked by retribution
retributively adverb

Examples of retributive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, in a clear attempt to encourage retributive attacks in the United States, ISIS reported that U.S. forces had destroyed Iraq’s al-Nuri mosque. Michael S. Smith Ii, Foreign Affairs, 9 Oct. 2017 A week later, Hamas attacked military and civilian sites in Israel, and Israel began its retributive campaign against Gaza. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 27 June 2024 No doubt there will be clear or hidden retributive acts against Bates for endorsing Dixon. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2024 Biden will face increasing pressure to be critical of any examples of retributive aggression—a reflection of the changing perceptions in recent years of Israel among Democrats and even many independents. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 16 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for retributive 

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Word History

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retributive was in 1619

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“Retributive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retributive. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

retributive

adjective
re·​trib·​u·​tive ri-ˈtrib-yət-iv How to pronounce retributive (audio)
: of, relating to, or marked by retribution
retributive justice
retributively adverb

Legal Definition

retributive

adjective
re·​trib·​u·​tive ri-ˈtri-byə-tiv How to pronounce retributive (audio)
: of, relating to, or marked by retribution
retributive justice
retributively adverb

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