1. Being or relating to retribution; retributive; retaliatory.
    • 1877, Joseph Sylvester Clark, Henry Martyn Dexter, Alonzo Hall Quint, Isaac Pendleton Langworthy, Christopher Cushing, Samuel Burnham, The Congregational Quarterly, page 567:
      Punishment, moreover, loses all its retributionary character [...]
    • 1984, Charles F. Abel, Knute Martin, Frank H. Marsh, Punishment and Restitution: A Restitutionary Approach to Crime and the Criminal, Greenwood Publishing Group (ISBN 9780313237171), page 4:
      It might be thought, for example, that a rehabilitation approach simply costs more in both time and money than a retributionary approach. But while retributionary approaches may be a boon to the average taxpayer, they are a bane to ...
    • 2004, Ian Marsh, John Cochrane, Gaynor Melville, Criminal Justice: An Introduction to Philosophies, Theories and Practice, Routledge (ISBN 9781134318674), page 17:
      Of course, the 'just deserts' retributionary approach does not mean the punishment should be exactly like the crime; it means that there should be equivalencies of seriousness of punishment.

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