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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
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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retributive

adj.

1670s, from retribute + -ive.

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