Definition of retributive
: of, relating to, or marked by retribution
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Chicago, then, is in the throes of a culture — maybe not so much retributive as reactive — that is killing people, sometimes multiple people, almost every day.
End the racial and economic violence, and the demand for retributive physical violence falls as well.
The conventional superhero brings peace through retributive violence; when Batman saves Gotham, much of the city is destroyed.
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Legal Definition of retributive
: of, relating to, or marked by retribution retributive justice
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