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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. [1913 Webster] If death be punitive, so, likewise, is the necessity imposed upon man of toiling for his subsistence. -- I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] We shall dread a blow from the punitive hand. --Bagehot. [1913 Webster]