Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to punitory: penalizing
References in periodicals archive ?
Presciently, John Stuart Mill anticipated this insidious tactic: "The preventive function of government," he warned, "is far more liable to be abused, to the prejudice of liberty, than the punitory function; for there is hardly any part of the legitimate freedom of action of a human being which would not admit of being represented, and fairly too, as increasing the facilities for some form or other of delinquency.
A leading commentator observed that "the cases are very numerous in the books which show that very large additions must have been made for punitory effect to the amount which would otherwise have been found.