pu·ni·tive /'pyü-nə-tiv/ adj: inflicting, involving, or aiming at punishment
pu·ni·tive·ly adv
pu·ni·tive·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective avenging, castigatory, disciplinary, mulctuary, penal, penalizing, punishing, punitory, retaliatory, retributive, talionic, vindictive associated concepts: punitive action, punitive damages II index disciplinary (punitory), penal, severe, vindictive

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Intended as punishment; related to punishment.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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