[ ri-tal-ee-uh-tawr-ee ]
/ rɪˈtæl i əˌtɔr i /
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done in order to take revenge; returning evil for evil: Hate crimes are especially likely to inflict emotional harm and provoke retaliatory violence.
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Rarely re·tal·i·a·tive [ri-tal-ee-uh-tiv] /rɪˈtæl i əˌtɪv/ .
Origin of retaliatory
OTHER WORDS FROM retaliatoryun·re·tal·i·a·to·ry, un·re·tal·i·a·tive, adjective
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How to use retaliatory in a sentence
They deplored incendiarism, machine destruction, and all the purely retaliative acts of the laborers.Violence and the Labor Movement|Robert Hunter
The idea of retaliative measures was a product of the brain of Jeff Davis.Company G|A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
The most ancient punishment in English law was retaliative—membrum pro membro, but ultimately at common law fine and imprisonment.