Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See tit.

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Examples

  • Although every equilibrium is locally stable, they can differ greatly in their group-level properties e.g., all defect vs. tit-for-tat in an iterated prisoner's dilemma model.

    David Sloan Wilson: Evolution Begins to Occupy Center Stage in Economic Debates

  • Yet, despite the involvement and money of the LGBT lobbyists, including the omnipresent Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Freedom to Marry Coalition, the marriage tit-for-tat continues in Albany.

    Adrian Margaret Brune: The New Gay Guerrillas

  • Girardi says he wants to avoid tit-for-tat beanball wars.

    Yankees Won't Engage in a Beanball War

  • So deep does the dispute between Port Vale's board and its fans now run that there were accusations on Wednesday that the club had put a stop to building work on the statue commemorating its most dutiful servant, Roy Sproson, as a "tit-for-tat" measure.

    Football League clubs debate wage restraint to curb losses

  • That's one version of a tit-for-tat that can delay a case, as draft opinions are circulated, and justices on opposing sides simply cannot stop responding to the other's arguments.

    At term's end, Supreme Court opinions anything but brief

  • One can see the same tit-for-tat logic in the idea of a “just war,” where the methods used to prosecute a conflict are proportionate to a given threat.

    SuperCooperators

  • Direct reciprocity with costly punishment: Generous tit-for-tat prevails.

    SuperCooperators

  • Trivers went on to suggest that a large proportion of human emotion and experience—such as gratitude, sympathy, guilt, trust, friendship, and moral outrage—grew out of the same sort of simple reciprocal tit-for-tat logic that governed the daily interactions between big fish and the smaller marine life that scrubbed their gills.

    SuperCooperators

  • The move is the latest indication that the court battle over the health-care law's constitutionality -- which is expected to be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court -- has already become a political tit-for-tat.

    House Democrats say Justice Thomas should recuse himself in health-care case

  • MOSCOW—In a new twist of Cold War-style tit-for-tat accusations, Russia declared Wednesday that Britain's chief suspect in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 was himself the target of an assassination attempt with the same radioactive substance.

    Russia Says Poison Suspect Is Victim

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