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  1. the act of requiting.
  2. a return or reward for service, kindness, etc.
  3. a retaliation for a wrong, injury, etc.
  4. something given or done as repayment, reward, punishment, etc., in return.
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Origin of requital

First recorded in 1570–80; requite + -al2
Related formsnon·re·quit·al, nounun·re·quit·al, noun
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Examples from the Web for requital

Historical Examples

  • Is this your requital for the part I have borne amongst you?

    The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • Her affections may be bestowed where they shall meet no requital.

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey

  • But it awoke no association there, and ‘Thank you, my dear,’ was the only requital.

    Hopes and Fears

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • This requital, so unexpected, was more dreadful to her than the scaffold.

  • The third concrete moral idea is that of equity, or requital.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine

    John Frederick Herbart

British Dictionary definitions for requital


  1. the act or an instance of requiting
  2. a return or compensation for a good or bad action
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Word Origin and History for requital


1570s, from requite + -al (2).

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