[ri-tal-ee-ey-shuh n] /rɪˌtæl iˈeɪ ʃən/
the act of ; return of like for like; reprisal.
1580s, noun of action from Late Latin retaliare “pay back in kind,” from re- “back” (see re-) + Latin talio “exaction of payment in kind,” from or influenced by talis “suchlike” (see that). Originally used both in good and evil senses.
[ri-ten-shuh n] /rɪˈtɛn ʃən/ noun 1. the act of . 2. the state of being . 3. the power to ; capacity for . 4. the act or power of remembering things; memory. /rɪˈtɛnʃən/ noun 1. the act of retaining or state of being retained 2. the capacity to hold or retain liquid 3. the […]
[ri-trak-til] /rɪˈtræk tɪl/ adjective, Zoology. 1. capable of being drawn back or in, as the head of a tortoise; exhibiting the power of retraction. /rɪˈtræktaɪl/ adjective 1. capable of being drawn in: the retractile claws of a cat retractile re·trac·tile (rĭ-trāk’tĭl, -tīl’) adj. That can be drawn back or in, as the claws of a […]
[re-troh-ak-tiv] /ˌrɛ troʊˈæk tɪv/ adjective 1. operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute; retrospective: a retroactive law. 2. pertaining to a pay raise effective as of a past date. /ˌrɛtrəʊˈæktɪv/ adjective 1. applying or referring to the past: retroactive legislation 2. effective or operative from a date or for a period in the […]
[ri-turn] /rɪˈtɜrn/ verb (used without object) 1. to go or come back, as to a former place, position, or state: to return from abroad; to return to public office; to return to work. 2. to revert to a former owner: The money I gave him returns to me in the event of his death. 3. […]