Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inflicting or aiming to inflict punishment; punishing.
  • noun plural Punitive damages.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or involving punishment; awarding or inflicting punishment: as, punitive law or justice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or inflicting punishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective law inflicting punishment, punishing

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective inflicting punishment

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin pūnītīvus, from Latin poenīre, pūnīre, to punish; see punish.]

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Medieval Latin punitivus, from pūniō ("I punish").

Examples

  • And a recent note by Goldman Sachs said that, while the current environment for the large integrated oil firms was "challenging," it didn't justify current valuations, which it described as "punitive."

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  • The internal audits have armed state officials with a powerful new weapon as they seek to extract what they describe as punitive fines from lawbreaking mortgage companies.

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  • His first relationship with Pershing began in 1916 after Pancho Villa raided a New Mexican border town, and we had what they call the punitive expedition against Mexico to try to catch and punish Pancho Villa.

    Patton: A Genius for War

  • Others say it helps nonprofessional traders avoid what they call the punitive trading fees levied by exchanges.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Others say it helps nonprofessional traders avoid what they call the punitive trading fees levied by exchanges.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Others say it helps nonprofessional traders avoid what they call the punitive trading fees levied by exchanges.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Others say it helps nonprofessional traders avoid what they call the punitive trading fees levied by exchanges.

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  • Others say it helps nonprofessional traders avoid what they call the punitive trading fees levied by exchanges.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Others say it helps nonprofessional traders avoid what they call the punitive trading fees levied by exchanges.

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  • "Now, the question is whether the Adam Welsh Act has taken it further," he said, speaking of what he characterized as the punitive nature of the 2003 amendments.

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