Definition of retributive in English:

retributive

adjective

  • See retribution

    • ‘It is important to note, however, that Brown held that the definition of punishment should not be limited to retributive actions.’
    • ‘You have distinguished between a restorative form of justice and a retributive form of justice.’
    • ‘Whether nature or nurture, a common point was the change in attitudes regarding the purpose of justice, shifting from retributive to reformative intent.’
    • ‘The desires involved in these kinds of moral and personal feelings are of the same category as those involved in retributive punishment as we are now understanding it.’
    • ‘It is arbitrary to impose a sentence that can neither be justified on preventive grounds nor justified on the basis of retributive proportionality.’

Pronunciation

retributive

/rɪˈtrɪbjʊtɪv/