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adjective as in punitive

adjective as in vengeful

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Offended or threatened by the assault on its honor, China retaliated with a slew of economic sanctions against Australian imports, including sugar, barley, wheat, copper, and—most recently—wine.

From Fortune

“It’s stunning that Uber is willing to tell the court ’we promise we won’t retaliate,’ ” Lowe said, yet it argued it couldn’t be told to tell that to the drivers.

In his response to the complaint submitted to the court, the lawyer representing the company denied that ASO had retaliated against Collins for whistleblowing, asserting he had resigned.

From Fortune

China retaliated with steep duties on American agricultural goods.

Switzerland retaliated by banning trading in Swiss shares on EU venues.

From Fortune

Persuading China to block the north is a lot easier than the U.S. launching a retaliatory cyberstrike against the Sony attackers.

In order to satisfy the husband of the initial victim, the village chief decided that he would carry out the retaliatory rape.

On the other, it has refused to endorse a Western-led retaliatory strike.

Timely intelligence was proving key in combating the gang problem, where many of the shootings are retaliatory.

The results could well include retaliatory tariffs that cost thousands of jobs.

The Girondists knew to whom they were indebted for many of the most skillful parries and retaliatory blows.

To this it may be answered that punishment for crime is not intended to be retaliatory, but admonitory and deterrent.

The indignation over the action of the Indians was so great that retaliatory measures were determined upon.

Time and again complaints have been voiced, retaliatory measures threatened, and more than once serious friction has ensued.

Thus, from the retaliatory measures of these two rival powers, the commerce of the United States was seriously injured.


On this page you'll find 75 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to retaliatory, such as: disciplinary, penal, punishing, vindictive, punitory, and castigating.

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