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punitive

adjective

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inflicting, involving, or serving as punishment
  • any misbehavior was immediately met with a punitive response
  • the company had to pay a million dollars in punitive damages

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The first known use of punitive was in 1593

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“Punitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/punitive. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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