retributive

[ri-trib-yuh-tiv]
adjective
characterized by or involving retribution: retributive justice.
Also, retributory [ri-trib-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] .


Origin:
1670–80; obsolete retribute to make retribution (< Latin retribūtus; see retribution) + -ive

retributively, adverb
unretributive, adjective
unretributory, adjective
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retribution (ˌrɛtrɪˈbjuːʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of punishing or taking vengeance for wrongdoing, sin, or injury
2.  punishment or vengeance
 
[C14: via Old French from Church Latin retribūtiō, from Latin retribuere to repay, from re- + tribuere to pay; see tribute]
 
retributive
 
adj
 
re'tributory
 
adj
 
re'tributively
 
adv

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Example sentences
There is a retributive tone to many of the comments.
He engages in retributive vomiting when he's left alone for more than four
  hours.
Community values and interests should be injected into the retributive aspect
  of sentencing by using juries in sentencing.
Although the threat of punishment deters, actual punishment is retributive
  since it punishes only past offenses.
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