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retributive

[ ri-trib-yuh-tiv ]
/ rɪˈtrɪb yə tɪv /
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adjective
characterized by or involving retribution: retributive justice.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM retributive

re·trib·u·tive·ly, adverbun·re·trib·u·tive, adjectiveun·re·trib·u·to·ry, adjective
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