punitive

[ pyoo-ni-tiv ]
/ ˈpyu nɪ tɪv /

adjective

serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws; punitive action.

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Also pu·ni·to·ry [pyoo-ni-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈpyu nɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of punitive

1615–25; < Medieval Latin pūnītīvus of punishment, equivalent to Latin pūnīt(us) (past participle of pūnīre to punish) + -īvus -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM punitive

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH punitive

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British Dictionary definitions for punitive

punitive

less commonly punitory (ˈpjuːnɪtərɪ, -trɪ)

/ (ˈpjuːnɪtɪv) /

adjective

relating to, involving, or with the intention of inflicting punishmenta punitive expedition

Derived forms of punitive

punitively, adverbpunitiveness, noun

Word Origin for punitive

C17: from Medieval Latin pūnītīvus concerning punishment, from Latin pūnīre to punish
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