Translation of "punitive" - English-Spanish dictionary


adjective uk /ˈpjuː.nɪ.tɪv/ us /-t̬ɪv/

formal or specialized law intended as a punishment

punitive action
The UN has imposed punitive sanctions on the invading country.
She is suing the newspaper for $5 million punitive damages, claiming they knew the article about her was untrue.

used to describe costs that are so high they are difficult to pay

punitively adverb uk /-li/ us

(Translation of “punitive” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)