Definitions of retributive

  1. Retributively.
  2. given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts; " retributive justice"
  3. Of or pertaining to retribution; of the nature of retribution; involving retribution or repayment; as, retributive justice; retributory comforts.
  4. Rewarding for good deeds and punishing for offenses.
  5. Repaying: rewarding or punishing suitably.