retributive

[ri-trib-yuh-tiv]

adjective

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

1670–80; obsolete retribute to make retribution (< Latin retribūtus; see retribution) + -ive
Related formsre·trib·u·tive·ly, adverbun·re·trib·u·tive, adjectiveun·re·trib·u·to·ry, adjective
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Related Words for retributive

punitive, corrective, punishing, reformatory

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Word Origin and History for retributive
adj.

1670s, from retribute + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper