[pyoo-ni-tiv] /ˈpyu nɪ tɪv/

serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment:
punitive laws; punitive action.
relating to, involving, or with the intention of inflicting punishment: a punitive expedition

1620s, “inflicting or involving punishment,” from French punitif (16c.) or directly from Medieval Latin punitivus, from Latin punitus, past participle of punire “to punish, correct, chastise” (see punish).


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