from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, involving, or characterized by retribution; retributory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relating to retribution; retaliatory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to retribution; of the nature of retribution; involving retribution or repayment
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Making or bringing retribution or requital; paying back; conferring reward or punishment according to desert; retaliative.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts
- adj. of or relating to or having the nature of retribution
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Now, that is what I call retributive justice; for she threw down the chair for him to stumble over, and, if he has grazed his knees, she suffers under a torn dress, and must retire until one of the maids darn up the rent.
If Israel simply protects itself without lashing out in retributive violence, they may eventually gain a Palestinian negotiating partner amenable to peace and capable of enforcing it among its own people.
She thought she saw clearly, that their unnatural bereavement was a blow dealt in retributive justice; but she found it not in her heart to exult or rejoice over them.
But if you want to treat Israel as just another nation-state engaged in retributive ethnic cleansing, that’s just fine, as long as you’re honest about it.
Penal justice (sometimes referred to as retributive justice), for example, concerns the punishment of offenders for their legal and/or moral offences, and is to be distinguished from distributive justice.
Such is the notion of retributive justice in the Highlands.
The jurist, therefore, in a matter of criminal adjudication, entirely loses sight of the personal conditions of the accused, and the social conditions of the community, and confines his attention to the deed, and to the maxims of a so-called retributive justice.
The sentiment expressed in the penult couplet is not uncommon, the idea of retributive justice, of others performing the last offices for the clerk who had so often done the like for his neighbours.
Although Lewis notes that some people object to the idea of retributive punishment, retribution is the only thing that makes sure that punishment is just.
Link killing,life imprisonment and all other kind of retributive justices are just what they are,punishments.