re·​trib·​u·​to·​ry ri-ˈtri-byə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce retributory (audio)

Examples of retributory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Afghanistan's once-again rulers, the Taliban would refrain from retributory violence and respect women's rights - at least so far as Islam allows., 17 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retributory was in 1622

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“Retributory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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re·​trib·​u·​to·​ry ri-ˈtrib-yə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce retributory (audio)

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