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retributivism

[ri-trib-yuh-tuh-viz-uh m] /rɪˈtrɪb yə təˌvɪz əm/
noun
1.
a policy or theory of criminal justice that advocates the punishment of criminals in retribution for the harm they have inflicted.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; retributive + -ism
Related forms
retributivist, adjective
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