Origin of punitoryFrom Latin pūnītus, from past participle of pūnīre, to punish; see punish.
(comparative more punitory, superlative most punitory)
- punitive; tending to punish
- God [â€¦] may make moral evil, as well as natural, at the same time both prudential and punitory. â€” A. Tucker.
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Variant of punitive
Origin of punitiveMedieval Latin punitivus ; from Classical Latin punitus, past participle of punire, to punish