Commonly believed or deemed to be the case; accepted by supposition rather than as a result of proof.
inflicting punishment, punishing
"Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Syria."
"The jury awarded $10,000 in punitive damages."
generally considered or reputed to be
"the putative author of the book"
inflicting or intended as punishment
"he called for punitive measures against the Eastern bloc"
(of a tax or other charge) extremely high
"a current punitive interest rate of 31.3 per cent"
Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed; as, the putative father of a child.
Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice.
commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds;
"the foundling's putative father"
"the reputed (or purported) author of the book"
"the supposed date of birth"