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Definition of Punitive


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

Punitive Quotations

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

We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality.
Arthur C. Brooks

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

Punitive murder by the police and by vigilantes has existed in all societies at some point, and probably still exists in most.
Teju Cole
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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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