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re•trib•u•tive  (ri tribyə tiv),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. characterized by or involving retribution:retributive justice.
Also,  retrib•u•to•ry  (ri tribyə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē).USA pronunciation  re•tribu•tive•ly, adv. 
  • Latin retribūtus; see retribution) + -ive
  • obsolete retribute to make retribution ( 1670–80

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