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English definition of “retaliatory”

retaliatory

adjective     /rɪˈtæliətəri/ US   /rɪˈtæliətɔri/
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 retaliatory action by Europe.
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