- serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws; punitive action.
Origin of punitive
Examples from the Web for punitive
Punitive measures could also be brought by the Security Council, but only with the backing of Russia and China.Creating Consequences for South Sudan’s Political Elite
July 9, 2014
Even normally eager-to-talk sources have gone to ground, unsure how punitive the military might be in its actions against critics.Thailand’s 19th Nervous Breakdown
May 22, 2014
Even if they succeed, families can win only actual and not punitive damages from the federal government.VA Pays $200 Million for Nearly 1,000 Veterans’ Wrongful Deaths
April 3, 2014
If punitive action was taken by the church it would be very painful and extremely traumatic for him.Meet the Gay Priest Getting Married
March 25, 2014
McCain named Russian banker Dmitry Klyuev and his lawyer Andrei Pavlov as potential targets for punitive action.Exclusive: Obama Declines to Add Names to Russian Sanction List
December 19, 2013
It is apt to be doubly so when, as sometimes occurs, it is punitive in intent.
"Sir Oliver has gone to Arwenack upon a punitive business," said he.The Sea-Hawk
Of punitive police, political or moral, I have a wholesome horror.My Reminiscences
The campaign was “a punitive expedition for the suppression of brigandage.”Capitals
Frederick W. Hamilton
The whole garrison is under orders for a punitive expedition.Captain Desmond, V.C.
less commonly punitory (ˈpjuːnɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
- relating to, involving, or with the intention of inflicting punishmenta punitive expedition
Word Origin and History for punitive
1620s, "inflicting or involving punishment," from French punitif (16c.) or directly from Medieval Latin punitivus, from Latin punitus, past participle of punire "to punish, correct, chastise" (see punish).