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adjective as in penal

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In China, where Tsai conducted fieldwork, retributive justice is evident in anticorruption campaigns that punish local officials, often severely.

A pure retributive sentence would mean that Chauvin should get the death penalty, which Minnesota has outlawed since 1911.

I felt that Alla would sooner or later urge me on to be the humble means of a retributive justice overtaking him.

A general shout proclaimed the acquiescence of the other seamen in this act of retributive justice.

Here are no expressions of malice, no invocations even of God's retributive justice, not a complaint of suffering wrongfully!

Sadly and prayerfully while she slept lifted he the retributive mallet and beat in her brittle pate.

Is there no retributive justice dogging his heels, from which all the glories and adulations of earth cannot shield him?


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On this page you'll find 8 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to retributive, such as: punitive, chastening, corrective, null, punishing, and punitory.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.