What does the word punitive mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Pertaining to punishment.

Usage examples for punitive

  1. In the case of all suffering, of whatever degree, we believe that it will be rather of a reformatory, than of a punitive character. – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  2. The massacre stimulated the growth of population in Elizabeth City which still, however, was not immune from Indian attack as witnessed by the four who were killed in September, 1622. William Tucker of Elizabeth City was one of those whom Wyatt called on to lead punitive attacks on the Indians. – The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624 by Charles E. Hatch
  3. We had set our faces against European conquest in the Americas, and therefore against any punitive expedition, likely to lead to permanent occupation. – American World Policies by Walter E. Weyl
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