retributory

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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