- characterized by or involving retribution: retributive justice.
Also retrib·u·to·ry [ri-trib-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈtrɪb yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.
Origin of retributive
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Examples from the Web for retributive
In the moral elevation of her soul it seemed like an act of retributive justice.The Eternal City
There was a retributive justice for all those who infracted the rules of the game.'Firebrand' Trevison
Charles Alden Seltzer
The wrath of man has worked out the retributive justice of God.
The retributive stroke, swift and visible, is not needed to declare this.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job
Nothing but the hand of a retributive Providence can avail to reach them.A Defence of Virginia
Robert L. Dabney
Word Origin and History for retributive
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