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"punitive" in British English

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punitiveadjective

uk   /ˈpjuː.nɪ.tɪv/  us   /ˈpjuː.nə.t̬ɪv/
(Definition of punitive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"punitive" in American English

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punitiveadjective

 us   /ˈpju·nɪ·t̬ɪv/
intended as a punishment: No punitive action was taken against Dawkins after he smashed the backboard during warmups.
(Definition of punitive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"punitive" in Business English

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punitiveadjective

uk   us   /ˈpjuːnətɪv/
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
adverb /ˈpjuːnətɪvli/
People who are self-employed are often charged punitively high interest rates.

punitivenoun [plural]

uk   us   /ˈpjuːnətɪv/ US LAW
punitives
→  punitive damages
(Definition of punitive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“punitive” in British English

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