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 for punitive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punitive \Pu"ni*tive\, a.
     Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or
     inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice.
     [1913 Webster]
           If death be punitive, so, likewise, is the necessity
           imposed upon man of toiling for his subsistence. -- I.
     [1913 Webster]
           We shall dread a blow from the punitive hand.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive
             damages" [syn: punitive, punitory] [ant:

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  34 Moby Thesaurus words for "punitive":
     avenging, castigating, castigatory, chastening, chastising,
     compensatory, correctional, corrective, disciplinary, grudgeful,
     grueling, implacable, inflictive, irreconcilable, penal,
     penological, punishing, punitory, rancorous, reciprocal,
     recompensing, recompensive, reparative, restitutive, retaliative,
     retaliatory, retributive, retributory, revanchist, revengeful,
     unappeasable, vengeful, vindicatory, vindictive

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