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Definition of punitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    punitive

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈpyunət̮ɪv//
     
    [usually before noun] (formal)
     
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  1. 1 intended as punishment There are calls for more punitive measures against people who drink and drive. He was awarded punitive damages (= in a court of law). Punitive action will be taken against the teenagers.
  2. 2very severe and that people find very difficult to pay punitive taxes
 
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