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English definition of “retaliatory”

retaliatory

adjective     /rɪˈtæl.i.ə.tər.i/ US  /-tɔːr.i/
describes an action that is harmful to someone who has done something to harm you: retaliatory measures He urged people not to resort to retaliatory violence.Revenge and vengefulness
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