|Origin:||punitif, from Medieval Latin punitivus, from Latin punire; PUNISH|
pu‧ni‧tive [usually before noun]
intended to punish someone
punitive action/measures etc
The agency sent a letter, but took no punitive action.
The jury awarded punitive damages (=money paid to someone who is the victim of a crime).
The government is expected to take punitive steps against offenders.