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retributive (adj.)

"making or bringing requital, retaliative, characterized by retribution," 1670s, from retribute + -ive. Related: Retributively.

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Definitions of retributive

retributive (adj.)
of or relating to or having the nature of retribution;
retributive justice demands an eye for an eye
Synonyms: retaliatory / retaliative / retributory / vindicatory
retributive (adj.)
given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts;
retributive justice
Synonyms: retributory / vindicatory
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