[ ri-trib-yuh-tuh-viz-uh m ]
/ rɪˈtrɪb yə təˌvɪz əm /
a policy or theory of criminal justice that advocates the punishment of criminals in retribution for the harm they have inflicted.
Origin of retributivism
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