What Does Punitive Mean?


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Ebony Nash Profile
Ebony Nash answered
Punitive is defined by the dictionary as aiming at, concerned with, or inflicting punishment. Most of us are probably aware of punitive damages which are court ordered monetary awards that are given to a plaintiff by a defendant, amounting to a large sum of money that covers beyond the plaintiff’s financial losses.

The purpose of such damages is to ensure that the plaintiff receives compensation for the losses and expenditure they had to endure. In addition, it is a form of punishment for the defendant. In order to determine if punitive damages should be awarded, many things need to be considered, such as the extent of the defendant’s wrongdoing. It is important that punitive damages aren’t confused with compensatory damages. The latter pays the cost of the actual damages experienced in the case, whereas punitive damages include an extra amount of money on top of the actual damages. The Supreme Court has identified that there needs to be a limit on the amount of extra damages awarded but it is not clear what the limit is. The most important thing when deciding on how much punitive damages should be awarded is the seriousness of the case. There is no definitive amount that is required as it is simply done on a case by case basis.

Punitive is a term associated with punitive condition probation which is a more restrictive probation service in the criminal justice system, where punishment is heavily emphasised. An offender will have to carry out a number of tasks including community service. If they’re completed then the offender can be considered for release from the probationary term. If these requirements are not met then incarceration is the most likely outcome, however if the offender sticks with it then they may avoid going to jail or prison.
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Arun Raj answered
Punitive means "disciplinary or penal." Penal is related to a punishment which is given for breaking a law. In other words, a term for "legally punishable" is "punitive."
A punitive charge is a monetary compensation in the form of civil judgement or damages paid for an illegal offence. There is a legal system which lays down the punitive measures to be taken against a crime or offence committed. There is a penal code or a book of legal codes which enumerates various crimes and their corresponding punishments. Any kind done to discipline someone is known to be punitive. Taxes levied on people are a punitive tactic to enforce the system of saving. Punitive damages are penalty or fine in lieu of damages, levied by a court to a defendant who is guilty of an offence. The word entered popular English literature in the latter part of the 18th century.

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