- 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 retributory
They may reserve the right of retributory action against the official.The New Germany
I have already begun my retributory purposes, as I may call them.Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)
It must be that God had a retributory end in view in that great event.Adle Dubois
Mrs. William T. Savage
Spinoza could not regard the bad man as an object of Divine anger and a subject of retributory punishment.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
Strange was this retributory fate which had brought these two into the most intimate relations of husband and wife.The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari
James S. De Benneville
Word Origin and History for retributory
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