requital

noun

re·​quit·​al ri-ˈkwī-tᵊl How to pronounce requital (audio)
1
: something given in return, compensation, or retaliation
2
: the act or action of requiting : the state of being requited

Examples of requital in a Sentence

the judge ordered the landlord to pay his former tenants $100,000 each as requital for goods lost or damaged in the apartment fire the electrician's requital for the used car was in the form of work on the dealer's house
Recent Examples on the Web The Trumpist version, however, begins and ends with the vision of a great leader on the brink of sinister overthrow and martyrdom—whose great love for the scorned nation behind him urgently requires immediate requital and redemption. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 11 Jan. 2021 And reminding them that requital of a debt is the purest form of acknowledging that debt. William F. Buckley Jr., National Review, 26 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of requital was in 1545

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“Requital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/requital. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

requital

noun
re·​quit·​al ri-ˈkwīt-ᵊl How to pronounce requital (audio)
1
: something given in payment or in return
2
: the act or action of requiting : the state of being requited
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