Punitive

  • 1 punitive — pu‧ni‧tive [ˈpjuːntɪv] adjective 1. intended to punish someone: • The court can impose punitive measures. 2. TAX punitive taxes, price increases etc are very high and it is difficult for people to pay them: • Punitive taxes on energy are likely… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 punitive — pu·ni·tive / pyü nə tiv/ adj: inflicting, involving, or aiming at punishment pu·ni·tive·ly adv pu·ni·tive·ness n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Punitive — Pu ni*tive, a. Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice. [1913 Webster] If death be punitive, so, likewise, is the necessity imposed upon man of toiling for his subsistence. I.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Punitive — may refer to:*Punishment *Punitive damages …

    Wikipedia

  • 5 punitive — (adj.) 1620s, inflicting or involving punishment, from Fr. punitif (16c.), from M.L. punitivus (mid 13c.), from L. punitus, pp. of punire (see PUNISH (Cf. punish)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 punitive — [adj] concerning punishment castigating, correctional, disciplinary, in reprisal, in retaliation, penal, punishing, punitory, retaliative, retaliatory, revengeful, vindictive; concept 319 Ant. beneficial, rewarding …

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  • 7 punitive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inflicting or intended as punishment. DERIVATIVES punitively adverb punitiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 punitive — [pyo͞o′nə tiv] adj. [ML punitivus < L punitus, pp. of punire, to PUNISH] inflicting, concerned with, or directed toward punishment: also punitory punitively adv. punitiveness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 punitive — pu|ni|tive [ˈpju:nıtıv] adj [usually before noun] [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: punitif, from Medieval Latin punitivus, from Latin punire; PUNISH] 1.) intended to punish someone punitive action/measures etc ▪ The agency sent a letter, but… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 punitive — adjective 1 punitive taxes/price increases etc taxes etc that are so severe that people find it very difficult to pay: The new Bill enables people to sue and win punitive damages for discrimination. 2 punitive actions/measures/damages etc actions …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 punitive — [[t]pju͟ːnɪtɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Punitive actions are intended to punish people. [FORMAL] ...a punitive bombing raid... Other economists say any punitive measures against foreign companies would hurt US interests …

    English dictionary

  • 12 punitive — punitively, adv. punitiveness, n. /pyooh ni tiv/, adj. serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws; punitive action. Also, punitory /pyooh ni tawr ee, tohr ee/. [1615 25; < ML punitivus of punishment, equiv. to L… …

    Universalium

  • 13 punitive — adjective inflicting punishment, punishing Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Syria. See Also: punishment, punitive damages, punitively …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 punitive — ● punitif, punitive adjectif Se dit d une action qui a pour objet de punir : Expédition punitive …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 15 punitive — pu|ni|tive [ pjunətıv ] adjective relating to or causing punishment or great difficulty: punitive taxes/tariffs/laws a. punitive damages LEGAL extra money a court of law makes someone pay for causing harm to someone ╾ pu|ni|tive|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 punitive — adjective 1) punitive measures Syn: penal, disciplinary, corrective, correctional, retributive 2) punitive taxes Syn: harsh, severe, stiff, stringent, burdensome, demanding, crushing …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 punitive — UK [ˈpjuːnətɪv] / US [ˈpjunətɪv] adjective relating to or causing punishment or great difficulty punitive taxes/tariffs/laws • punitive damages Derived word: punitively adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 18 punitive — adjective Etymology: French punitif, from Medieval Latin punitivus, from Latin punitus, past participle of punire Date: 1624 inflicting, involving, or aiming at punishment < severe punitive measures > • punitively adverb • punitiveness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 punitive — adj. Punitive is used with these nouns: ↑damage, ↑expedition, ↑measure, ↑raid, ↑sanction, ↑tariff …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 punitive — /ˈpjunətɪv / (say pyoohnuhtiv) adjective serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws. Also, punitory /ˈpjunətəri/ (say pyoohnuhtuhree), / tri/ (say tree). {Latin punitivus involving punishment} …

    Australian English dictionary