What is Retributive Justice? - Definition & Examples


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What does the root word 'tribution' mean translated from Latin to English?

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1. A young man, during a fit of temper, dumps over and smashes four baskets of fruit at a local market. How should he be punished in order to fulfill requirements of retributive justice?

2. What is the name of the 18th century philosopher who wrote about retributive justice?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet set allows you to find out what you know about the theory of retributive justice. See if you can explain the origins and theoretical basis of this type of justice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer these questions to review your knowledge of:

  • The philosopher who wrote about this theory of justice
  • Collateral consequences and their place in retributive justice
  • How a young man would be punished according to the precepts of retributive justice in a sample scenario

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as what it means to say that retributive justice is proportionate
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about why retributive justice doesn't account for collateral consequences in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the root word 'tribution'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the famous philosopher who referred to this theory of justice

Additional Learning

You can get a better understanding of this theory of punishment by reviewing the lesson titled What is Retributive Justice? - Theory & Examples. New ideas covered include:

  • The importance of a punisher to retributive justice
  • Biblical examples that could be considered retributive
  • The term used to refer to officials who practice this type of justice