Vin*dic"tive (?), a. [For vindicative, confused with L. vindicta revenge, punishment, fr. vindicare to vindicate. Cf. Vindicative.]

1.

Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge; revengeful.

I am vindictive enough to repel force by force. Dryden.

2.

Punitive.

[Obs.]

Vindictive damages. Law See under Damage, n.

-- Vin*dic"tive*ly, adv. -- Vin*dic"tive*ness, n.

 

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