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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Inflicting or concerned with the infliction of a penalty.

Usage examples (32)
  • The ruler was in a punitive mood, so all of the subjects were charged double taxes.
  • White House calls for 'punitive' measures against Iran in nuclear row
  • punitive justice
  • Others say it helps nonprofessional traders avoid what they call the punitive trading fees levied by exchanges. for more
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  • Word of the 2009 Nat. Spelling Bee finals.[pellingbeeshirleys!Field2]
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