Definition of punitively adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    punitively

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//ˈpjuːnətɪvli//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːnətɪvli//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1in a way that is intended as a punishment The imperial regime pursued the deserters relentlessly and punitively.
  2. 2in a way that is very severe and that people find very difficult to pay punitively high rates of tax