from The Century Dictionary.
- Tending or able to inflict.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Causing infliction; acting as an infliction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Of, pertaining to or causing
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Government can in fact outlaw certain procedures which it thinks especially inflictive of pain.
Wherefore according to human judgment a man should never be condemned without fault of his own to an inflictive punishment, such as death, mutilation or flogging.
Scripture appear to speak of something more nearly inflictive; but it is better to conceive, in such cases, that the language is declarative only of what is coming to pass, by the fixed laws and causes of natural retribution, — which laws and causes have a self-propagating action without limit; for no disorder can issue itself in order.