Punitive meaning

pyo͝onĭ-tĭv
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The definition of punitive is something that is involved with punishment.

An example of punitive is a measure taken to reprimand someone.

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Inflicting or aiming to inflict punishment; punishing.
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Inflicting, concerned with, or directed toward punishment.
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Punitive damages.
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(law) Inflicting punishment, punishing.

Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Syria.

The jury awarded $10,000 in punitive damages.

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Origin of punitive

  • Medieval Latin pūnītīvus from Latin poenīre, pūnīre to punish punish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Medieval Latin punitivus, from pÅ«niō (“I punish").

    From Wiktionary