From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vindictive \Vin*dic"tive\, a. [For vindicative, confused with L.
   vindicta revenge, punishment, fr. vindicare to vindicate. Cf.
   1. Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge;
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            I am vindictive enough to repel force by force.
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   2. Punitive. [Obs.]
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   Vindictive damages. (Law) See under Damage, n.
      [1913 Webster] -- Vin*dic"tive*ly, adv. --
      Vin*dic"tive*ness, n.
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