From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Punitive \Pu"ni*tive\, a.
   Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or
   inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice.
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         If death be punitive, so, likewise, is the necessity
         imposed upon man of toiling for his subsistence. -- I.
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         We shall dread a blow from the punitive hand.
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