Punitive – Intended as punishment
To remember the definition of the word punitive, use the following mnemonic:
She used the puny spell on her captive (punitive) as a punishment.
Examples of punitive in a sentence
Punitive action will be taken against the hooligans.
The university is taking punitive actions against the football player who failed his drug test.
I don't use punitive training with my dog, we use treats instead.