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Definition of "retributive" [re•trib•u•tive]

  • Of, involving, or characterized by retribution; retributory. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "retributive" in a sentence
  • "Now, that is what I call retributive justice; for she threw down the chair for him to stumble over, and, if he has grazed his knees, she suffers under a torn dress, and must retire until one of the maids darn up the rent."
  • "If Israel simply protects itself without lashing out in retributive violence, they may eventually gain a Palestinian negotiating partner amenable to peace and capable of enforcing it among its own people."
  • "She thought she saw clearly, that their unnatural bereavement was a blow dealt in retributive justice; but she found it not in her heart to exult or rejoice over them."