Punitive power

Definition (1):

Ability to direct and influence others based on your ability to coerce and deliver punishment for mistakes or understand actions by others, particularly subordinates. Punitive power is the power exercised via coercion or fear of punishment for mistakes or understand actions by a manager’s subordinates.

Definition (2):

According to, “the government's authority to punish people who have been convicted of a crime.”

Definition (3):

According to Dictionary, “The power and authority of a state, or organized jural society, to inflict punishments upon those persons who have committed actions inherently evil and injurious to the public, or actions declared by the laws of that state to be sanctioned with punishments.”

Use of the term in Sentences:

  • The new law has given more power and authority for using punitive powers for reining in powerful polluters.
  • This Act has provided power and authority to enforcement agencies with essential punitive powers for restricting any activity that may harm the environment.
  • The managers use their punitive powers so that their subordinates don’t break any rules and regulations and perform their assigned duties properly.
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