Definition of Retributive

1. Adjective. Of or relating to or having the nature of retribution. "Retributive justice demands an eye for an eye"

Exact synonyms: Relatiative, Retaliatory, Retributory, Vindicatory
Similar to: Punitive, Punitory
Derivative terms: Retaliate, Retaliate

2. Adjective. Given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts. "Retributive justice"
Exact synonyms: Retributory, Vindicatory
Similar to: Just

Definition of Retributive

1. a. Of or pertaining to retribution; of the nature of retribution; involving retribution or repayment; as, retributive justice; retributory comforts.

Definition of Retributive

1. Adjective. Relating to retribution; retaliatory. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Retributive

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Retributive

retrenchment
retrenchments
retriable
retrial
retrials
retribute
retributed
retributer
retributers
retributes
retributing
retribution
retributionist
retributionists
retributions
retributive (current term)
retributively
retributivism
retributivist
retributivists
retributory
retried
retries
retrievability
retrievable
retrieval
retrievals
retrieve
retrieved
retrievement

Literary usage of Retributive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas by Edward Westermarck (1908)
"This is due to the facts that moral judgments spring from moral emotions ; that the moral emotions are retributive emotions ; that a retributive emotion is ..."

2. Jurisprudence, Or, The Theory of the Law by John William Salmond (1907)
"retributive Punishment. We have considered criminal justice in three of its aspects— namely as deterrent, disabling, and reformative—and we have now to deal ..."

3. Daniel Defoe: His Life and Recently Discovered Writings: His Life and by Daniel Defoe, William Lee (1869)
"A Plea for retributive Justice. A. ]., Jan. 28.—I once wrote a Letter to you to Know your Opinion, whether the Directors of the South Sea Company ..."

4. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1816)
"... retributive Spirit exercised by the Emperor at tke Funeral of kis Mother. IN whatsoever country we seek for original genius' we ..."

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