punitive

[pyoo-ni-tiv]
adjective
serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws; punitive action.
Also, punitory [pyoo-ni-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] .


Origin:
1615–25; < Medieval Latin pūnītīvus of punishment, equivalent to Latin pūnīt(us) (past participle of pūnīre to punish) + -īvus -ive

punitively, adverb
punitiveness, noun
nonpunitive, adjective
nonpunitory, adjective
self-punitive, adjective
semipunitive, adjective
semipunitory, adjective
unpunitive, adjective

penal, penological, punitive.
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punitive or punitory (ˈpjuːnɪtɪv, ˈpjuːnɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
relating to, involving, or with the intention of inflicting punishment: a punitive expedition
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin pūnītīvus concerning punishment, from Latinpūnīre to punish]
 
punitory or punitory
 
adj
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin pūnītīvus concerning punishment, from Latinpūnīre to punish]
 
'punitively or punitory
 
adv
 
'punitiveness or punitory
 
n

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punitive
1624, "inflicting or involving punishment," from Fr. punitif (16c.), from M.L. punitivus (c.1260), from L. punitus, pp. of punire (see punish).
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Example sentences
Is it time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its
  means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden.
There is nothing punitive about them, they are a joke.
In addition to compensatory damages the courts began to award punitive damages.
For example, there is strong support for punitive legislation against oil
  companies because of high prices.
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