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English definition of “punitive”
› used to describe costs that are so high they are difficult to pay, and that are often used to punish someone or limit their activities: The President has threatened to impose punitive import duties on a range of foreign goods.
› intended as a punishment: punitive action/measures The company will not take punitive action against the striking workers. The UN has imposed punitive sanctions on the invading country. punitively /ˈpjuːnətɪvli/ adverb › People who are self-employed are often charged punitively high interest rates.