One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an action) characterized by a desire for revenge.‘fears of a retaliatory attack by the victim's friends’
- ‘Compensation negotiations should be finalized within 180 days, beyond which retaliatory actions can be taken by affected countries.’
- ‘He was permitted to ignore a question regarding a proposed remedy for his company's retaliatory tactics.’
- ‘The street fighters had no qualms about drawing retaliatory bombardments on civilian areas.’
- ‘The organization has approved a list of retaliatory targets among the exports, including many agricultural commodities.’
- ‘They will rule in April how much in retaliatory sanctions the union can exact.’
- ‘The company this week offered its customers "protection" against such retaliatory suits in the form of an indemnification programme.’
- ‘Following his murder, the rule of terror climaxed in the retaliatory destruction of the village.’
- ‘There is something a little admonitory—even perhaps retaliatory—about such a response.’
- ‘Some commissioners have been critical of the decision not to launch a retaliatory military strike.’
- ‘Shooting creatures at long range will now bring a retaliatory action.’
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