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punitive - vocabulary

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adjective

Pertaining to punishment.

Note: In law, punitive damages are awarded in civil suits to punish the wrongdoer and serve as an example to deter others from similar, egregious conduct. Punitive damages are in excess of the actual damages suffered by the injured party.

In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progress may be slow—measured in inches and feet, not miles—but we will progress. Is it time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles, there will be no compromise.

—Former President Ronald Reagan First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981

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