[ pyoo-ni-tiv ]
/ ˈpyu nɪ tɪv /
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
pu·ni·tive·ly, adverbpu·ni·tive·ness, nounnon·pu·ni·tive, adjectivenon·pu·ni·to·ry, adjective
self-pu·ni·tive, adjectivesem·i·pu·ni·tive, adjectivesem·i·pu·ni·to·ry, adjectiveun·pu·ni·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for punitively
less commonly punitory (ˈpjuːnɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
/ (ˈpjuːnɪtɪv) /
relating to, involving, or with the intention of inflicting punishmenta punitive expedition
Derived Formspunitively, adverbpunitiveness, noun
Word Origin for punitive
C17: from Medieval Latin pūnītīvus concerning punishment, from Latin pūnīre to punish
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