Definition of retributive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

retributive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//rɪˈtrɪbjətɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtrɪbjətɪv//
 
[usually before noun](formal)
 
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that punishes severely somebody who has done something seriously wrong retributive justice