Retaliatory
Retaliatory Re*tal"i*a*to*ry, a. Tending to, or involving, retaliation; retaliative; as retaliatory measures. [1913 Webster]

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  • retaliatory — UK US /rɪˈtæliətəri/ US  /rɪˈtæliətɔri/ adjective ► used to describe an action that is intended to harm someone who has done something to harm you: retaliatory action/measures/sanctions »The bill ends tax subsidies for US exporters that caused… …   Financial and business terms

  • retaliatory — index disciplinary (punitory), malevolent, penal, punitive, reciprocal, vindictive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Bur …   Law dictionary

  • retaliatory — 1813; see RETALIATE (Cf. retaliate) + ORY (Cf. ory) …   Etymology dictionary

  • retaliatory — [[t]rɪtæ̱liətəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n If you take retaliatory action, you try to harm or annoy someone who has harmed or annoyed you. [FORMAL] There s been talk of a retaliatory blockade to prevent supplies getting through …   English dictionary

  • retaliatory — adjective Relating to or part of a retaliation. The hostile forces were at an impasse; neither could attack with enough force and still defend against the retaliatory counterattack. Syn: punitive, retributive, vengeful …   Wiktionary

  • retaliatory — adj. Retaliatory is used with these nouns: ↑attack, ↑raid, ↑strike, ↑tariff …   Collocations dictionary

  • retaliatory — re|tal|i|a|to|ry [rıˈtæliətəri US to:ri] adj [usually before noun] formal done against someone because they have harmed you ▪ a retaliatory attack …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • retaliatory — re|tal|i|a|to|ry [ rı tæliə,tɔri ] adjective FORMAL intended to do something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you: retaliatory attacks/measures …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • retaliatory — adjective formal done against someone because they have harmed you: retaliatory raids …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • retaliatory — UK [rɪˈtælɪət(ə)rɪ] / US [rɪˈtælɪəˌtɔrɪ] adjective formal intended to do something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you retaliatory attacks/measures …   English dictionary

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