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retaliatory (adj.)

"pertaining to or of the nature of retaliation," 1783; see retaliate + -ory. Alternative retaliative is attested from 1819 but seems more to mean "vindictive, revengeful."

updated on July 25, 2021

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Definitions of retaliatory from WordNet

retaliatory (adj.)
of or relating to or having the nature of retribution;
Synonyms: retaliative / retributive / retributory / vindicatory
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