The definition of punitive is something that is involved with punishment.adjective
An example of punitive is a measure taken to reprimand someone.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: ML punitivus < L punitus, pp. of punire, to punish
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Origin: Medieval Latin pūnītīvus, from Latin poenīre, pūnīre, to punish; see punish.
- puˈni·tive·ly adverb
- puˈni·tive·ness noun