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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.


(ˈpjuːnɪtɪv) or less commonly


relating to, involving, or with the intention of inflicting punishment: a punitive expedition.
[C17: from Medieval Latin pūnītīvus concerning punishment, from Latin pūnīre to punish]
ˈpunitively adv
ˈpunitiveness n


(ˈpyu nɪ tɪv)

also pu•ni•to•ry

(-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment.
[1615–25; < Medieval Latin pūnītīvus= Latin pūnīt(us) (past participle of pūnīre to punish) + -īvus -ive]
pu′ni•tive•ly, adv.
pu′ni•tive•ness, n.
penal, punitive - Penal means "relating to punishment," while punitive means "serving to punish."
See also related terms for punish.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.punitive - inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive damages"
rehabilitative - designed to accomplish rehabilitation; "from a penal to a rehabilitative philosophy"- J.B.Costello; "rehabilitative treatment"


1. retaliatory, in retaliation, vindictive, in reprisal, revengeful, retaliative, punitory punitive measures against foreign companies
2. severe, high, harsh, stiff, drastic, stringent, austere, draconian, prohibitive, burdensome The Green party wants punitive taxes on petrol.


Inflicting or aiming to inflict punishment:


[ˈpjuːnɪtɪv] ADJpunitivo (Jur) [damages] → punitorio


[ˈpjuːnɪtɪv] adj [measure, action, sanctions] → punitif/ive
punitive measures → des mesures punitives
a punitive bombing raid → un bombardement de représailles punitive damagespunitive damages npl (LAW)dommages mpl punitifs, dommages-intérêts mpl punitifs


adjStraf-; sanctionsstrafend; strikevergeltend; (fig) taxation, fines etcextrem (hoch); punitive expeditionStrafexpedition f; punitive measuresStrafmaßnahmen pl; punitive sentenceStrafurteil nt; to take punitive action against somebodyeine Strafaktion gegen jdn führen


[ˈpjuːnɪtɪv] adj (action, measures) → punitivo/a


(ˈpaniʃ) verb
1. to cause to suffer for a crime or fault. He was punished for stealing the money.
2. to give punishment for. The teacher punishes disobedience.
ˈpunishable adjective
(of offences etc) able or likely to be punished by law. Driving without a licence is a punishable offence.
ˈpunishment noun
1. the act of punishing or process of being punished.
2. suffering, or a penalty, imposed for a crime, fault etc. He was sent to prison for two years as (a) punishment.
punitive (ˈpjuːnətiv) adjective
giving punishment.
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Reviewing its own decisions on the issue, the court noted that it had upheld punitives in cases with no compensatory awards and without finding that the plaintiffs' constitutional rights had been violated; "while skirting the underlying constitutional question of whether such awards are permissible.
The Fifth Circuit had been following the general rule that punitives can stand alone if the defendant has violated the Constitution.
The proposed legislation would limit punitives to $250,000 if the damages are $50,000 or less.
If capping punitives is a sound principle, it should apply to all businesses.
And to help create a favorable climate for its efforts to defeat the massive punitives award, Exxon has lobbied against the concept of punitive damages in general.
In that 1984 case, Pennzoil was awarded $7,530,000,000 in ordinary damages plus $3,000,000,000 in punitives.
A very workable scheme has been developed by the American College of Trial Lawyers and provides a ratio of $3 punitives to $1 compensatories.
In 2005, punitives made up 43 percent of the total awards, down from the five-year period average of 59.
A: Our civil justice system requires corporations and individuals to be accountable for their conduct, and punitives are damages that are intended to punish a defendant's wrongful behavior.
A week later, the Second District Court of Appeal held to the traditional view of punitives and rejected a strict ratio in Simon v.
A breakdown of statistics, however, shows that San Francisco jurors awarded punitives in 26.