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1. Punishment administered in return for a wrong committed.
2. Theology Punishment or reward distributed in a future life based on performance in this one.

[Middle English retribucion, repayment, reward, from Old French retribution, from Late Latin retribūtiō, retribūtiōn-, from Latin retribūtus, past participle of retribuere, to pay back : re-, re- + tribuere, to grant; see tribe.]

re·trib′u·tive (rĭ-trĭb′yə-tĭv), re·trib′u·to·ry (-tôr′ē) adj.
re·trib′u·tive·ly adv.


(rɪˈtrɪb yə tɪv)

also re•trib•u•to•ry

(-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

characterized by or involving retribution: retributive justice.
[1670–80; obsolete retribute to make retribution (< Latin retribūtus, past participle of retribuere; see retribution) + -ive]
re•trib′u•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.retributive - of or relating to or having the nature of retribution; "retributive justice demands an eye for an eye"
punitive, punitory - inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive damages"
2.retributive - given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts; "retributive justice"
just - used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting; "a just and lasting peace"- A.Lincoln; "a kind and just man"; "a just reward"; "his just inheritance"


[rɪˈtrɪbjʊtɪv] ADJcastigador, de castigo


adjVergeltungs-, vergeltend; justiceausgleichend; retributive actionVergeltungsaktion f
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It is easy to see the need for restorative justice because it is easy to forgive when the crime has been admitted and compensation has been paid, but retributive justice is important as well because it speaks to human feelings of resentment and hate that can be quelled by holding someone legally or socially accountable for their actions.