adjective Date: 1678 of, relating to, or marked by retribution • retributively adverb

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  • retributive — re·trib·u·tive /ri tri byə tiv/ adj: of, relating to, or marked by retribution retributive justice re·trib·u·tive·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Retributive — Re*trib u*tive, Retributory Re*trib u*to*ry, a. [Cf. LL. retributorius worthy of retribution.] Of or pertaining to retribution; of the nature of retribution; involving retribution or repayment; as, retributive justice; retributory comforts. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retributive — (adj.) 1670s; see RETRIBUTE (Cf. retribute) + IVE (Cf. ive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • retributive — adjective 1. of or relating to or having the nature of retribution retributive justice demands an eye for an eye • Syn: ↑retaliatory, ↑relatiative, ↑retributory, ↑vindicatory • Similar to: ↑punitive, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • retributive — retributively, adv. /ri trib yeuh tiv/, adj. characterized by or involving retribution: retributive justice. Also, retributory /ri trib yeuh tawr ee, tohr ee/. [1670 80; obs. retribute to make retribution ( < L retributus; see RETRIBUTION) + IVE] …   Universalium

  • retributive — adj. Retributive is used with these nouns: ↑justice …   Collocations dictionary

  • retributive — re•trib•u•tive [[t]rɪˈtrɪb yə tɪv[/t]] also re•trib•u•to•ry [[t] ˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] adj. characterized by or involving retribution: retributive justice[/ex] • Etymology: 1670–80; obs. retribute to make retribution (< L retribūtus, ptp.… …   From formal English to slang

  • retributive — retribution ► NOUN ▪ punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance. DERIVATIVES retributive adjective retributory adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from retribuere assign again …   English terms dictionary

  • retributive — adjective Relating to retribution; retaliatory …   Wiktionary

  • retributive — Synonyms and related words: castigatory, chastening, chastising, compensating, compensative, compensatory, corrective, disciplinary, grueling, indemnificatory, inflictive, lucrative, moneymaking, paying, penal, penological, profitable, punishing …   Moby Thesaurus

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