Definitions of retributive
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or having the nature of retribution
    retributive justice demands an eye for an eye”
    synonyms: relatiative, retaliatory, retributory, vindicatory
    punitive, punitory
    inflicting punishment
  2. adjective
    given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts
    retributive justice”
    synonyms: retributory, vindicatory
    used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
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