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Related to punitory: penalizing


Inflicting or intended to inflict punishment.

[From Latin pūnītus, from past participle of pūnīre, to punish; see punish.]
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Adj.1.punitory - inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive damages"


Inflicting or aiming to inflict punishment:
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(85) The appellate court said the evidence proved the slander to be "grossly malicious" and allowed "what have been called exemplary, vindictive or punitory damages." (86) But the court denied attorneys' fees and ordered a new trial.
(129) In 1885, for example, the Texas Supreme Court recognized that "[i]t may be, and is, most likely, true that the whole doctrine of punitory or exemplary damages has its foundation ...
is far more liable to be abused, to the prejudice of liberty, than the punitory [sic] function; for there is hardly any part of the legitimate exercise of freedom of action and a human being which would not admit of being represented, and fairly, too, as increasing the facilities for some form or other of delinquency.