1. Punishment administered in return for a wrong committed.
2. Theology Punishment or reward distributed in a future life based on performance in this one.
[Middle English retribucion, repayment, reward, from Old French retribution, from Late Latin retribūtiō, retribūtiōn-, from Latin retribūtus, past participle of retribuere, to pay back : re-, re- + tribuere, to grant; see TRIBE.]
re·tribu·tive (rĭ-trĭbyə-tĭv), re·tribu·to·ry (-tôr′ē) adj.
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