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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

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

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

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

Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excessive taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous lawsuits.
Rick Perry
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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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