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RETALIATION. The act by which a nation or individual treats another in the same manner that the latter has treated them. For example, if a nation should lay a very heavy tariff on American goods, the United States would be justified in return in laying heavy duties on the manufactures and productions of such country. Vatt. Dr. des Gens, liv. 2, c. 18, Sec. 341. Vide Lex talionis.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Mr Trump tweeted that the US was ready to "retaliate last night on 3 different sights (sic) when I asked, how many will die".
On the other hand, after imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, he warns China not to retaliate against the new tariffs.
If India takes any action, we will have to retaliate, " he asserted.
Leadership of different religious organizations and religious sects in the joint Declaration pinpointed that Madaris-e-Arabia, Ulemas, Mashaykh and religious scholars are like volunteer for Pak-Force and stay united with Pak-Security Force to retaliate any Indian aggression towards Pakistan.
He said: "Pakistan would not think, but immediately retaliate."
"We definitely will retaliate," Jafari said in comments reported by the semi-official Tasnim news agency Saturday.
Although the statement did not detail what sanctions Turkey will retaliate, but it's expected that similar sanctions will be imposed on Attorney General and Secretary of Interior of the US administration.
"During the negotiations I will stress that it is unacceptable to cancel the sale of F-35 fighter jets and if this happens, Turkey will retaliate."
New Delhi -- Two soldiers injured in retaliate firing by Pakistani troops on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir succumbed to their injuries on Sunday, taking the toll of people killed in border clashes in Jammu region to 11, Indian officials say.
Trump should make clear that, so long as North Korea does not retaliate, he will take no further military action against the regime just as he did not take further action against Assad.
REGARDING G Davitt of Yardley's letter entitled "Robinson had a reason to retaliate" (May 1).