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retributive

[ri-trib-yuh-tiv] /rɪˈtrɪb yə tɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by or involving retribution:
retributive justice.
Also, retributory
[ri-trib-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈtrɪb yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of retributive
1670-1680
1670-80; obsolete retribute to make retribution (< Latin retribūtus; see retribution) + -ive
Related forms
retributively, adverb
unretributive, adjective
unretributory, adjective
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  • This doctrine has always appeared to me to present a theory of retributory compensation which is very acceptable.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
  • They may reserve the right of retributory action against the official.

    The New Germany George Young
  • I have already begun my retributory purposes, as I may call them.

  • 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

retributive

adj.

1670s, from retribute + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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