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Definition of Punitive

Punitive

  1. Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice.

Punitive Quotations

Behavior used to be reinforced by great deprivation; if people weren't hungry, they wouldn't work. Now we are committed to feeding people whether they work or not. Nor is money as great a reinforcer as it once was. People no longer work for punitive reasons, yet our culture offers no new satisfactions.
B. F. Skinner

There must be a punitive expedition against the Jews in Russia, a punitive expedition which will expect: death sentence and execution. Then the world will see the end of the Jews is also the end of Bolshevism.
Julius Streicher

As a governor, I've signed virtually every kind of pro-life legislation that we can sign under existing federal law, none of which have been harsh or punitive, but I think they've been important to really point out a pro-life culture in Arkansas. That's, for me, a good thing.
Mike Huckabee

God was treated like this powerful, erratic, rather punitive father who has to be pacified and praised. You know, flattered.
John Cleese

I don't want to pass a punitive law, or use politics as a vendetta.
Romano Prodi
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Punitive Translations

punitive in German is strafend
punitive in Italian is punitivo
punitive in Spanish is de castigo
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