- The definition of punitive is something that is involved with punishment.
An example of punitive is a measure taken to reprimand someone.
punitive definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Midieval Latin punitivus ; from Classical Latin punitus, past participle of punire, to punish
punitive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Medieval Latin pūnītīvus, from Latin poenīre, pūnīre, to punish; see punish.
- puˈni·tive·ly adverb
- puˈni·tive·ness noun