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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pu·ni·tive /ˈpjunətɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pu·ni·tive a. Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice.
    If death be punitive, so, likewise, is the necessity imposed upon man of toiling for his subsistence.   -- I. Taylor.
    We shall dread a blow from the punitive hand.   --Bagehot.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive
            damages" [syn: punitory] [ant: rehabilitative]