retributivism

[ ri-trib-yuh-tuh-viz-uh m ]
/ rɪˈtrɪb yə təˌvɪz əm /

noun

a policy or theory of criminal justice that advocates the punishment of criminals in retribution for the harm they have inflicted.

Nearby words

  1. retrenchment,
  2. retrial,
  3. retribute,
  4. retribution,
  5. retributive,
  6. retrievable,
  7. retrieval,
  8. retrieve,
  9. retriever,
  10. retro

Origin of retributivism

First recorded in 1965–70; retributive + -ism

Related formsre·trib·u·tiv·ist, adjective

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