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Inflicting or aiming to inflict punishment; punishing.
pl.n. punitives
Punitive damages.

[Medieval Latin pūnītīvus, from Latin poenīre, pūnīre, to punish; see punish.]

pu′ni·tive·ly adv.
pu′ni·tive·ness n.
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Adv.1.punitively - in a punishing manner
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WAFA correspondent reported that Israeli forces informed the family of Malik al-Shareef, 25, about their intention to punitively demolish their house.
26% of Americans would recline their seat punitively if the passenger behind them was aggressive or rude.
5 trillion national debt and a huge budget deficit), soak the rich, punitively tax big business, ban the bomb, withdraw from NATO and print bucket loads of money to help the poor, as opposed to the other candidates, who admittedly performed abysmally throughout the campaign, having to confront the less popular but harsh realities of the real world.
Requiring staff to wear personal protective equipment when the public did not have to defeated the purpose of the policy and "imposes an unreasonable burden (one might also say punitively so) on the employee".
Mr Farron backed major taxes on second homes and described the impact in his Cumbrian constituency, saying: "We need to heavily and punitively tax that.
We don't think that there is any circumstance in which you ought to be held punitively responsible for making a business decision," he said.
guilty ingroup member as an outlier by acting more punitively toward
Meanwhile, good-for-nothing heroism was incessantly pumped to the Turkish public as Erdoy-an and Davutoy-lu repeatedly stressed that Turkey would respond punitively to any attack on the tomb.
The Administration core effort has been to keep the Big Six in lock step, and it fears the alliance may dissolve if the United States acts punitively toward Iran.
Therefore, active cyber defense must achieve two objectives: 1) make adversarial efforts economically or punitively impractical so they stop, and presumably, go on to another target; and 2) cause the decision making authority to stop directing the hostile activity.