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"You don't have to remind me of that every time, son. This isn't our first mark, and it won't be our last," Dr. Evans replies. Rhea understands what this is now. It's how Dr. Evans imagines it will be once he has the kids under his control. Even so, only in his dreams would he ever be able to call Colton "son" without getting hit. Colton replies with a terse nod, showing that he doesn't desire to return the feeling.

I would like to substitute the phrase "return the feeling" for another word, but I don't know of one that would fit. At first, I considered using the word reciprocate, but it didn't seem correct in context.

Which word could be used here?

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    I would use "reciprocate". – Hot Licks Jun 18 '16 at 22:06
  • Or “showing that the feeling is not mutual.” – Jim Jun 18 '16 at 22:23
  • Colton replies with a terse nod, showing that he doesn't desire to return the sentiment – Phil Sweet Jun 19 '16 at 2:52
  • Requite- to return a feeling of affection I was very happy that my love was requited – Thor Jul 18 '16 at 19:14
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As per highly up voted comment of Hot Licks

reciprocate VERB Feel (affection or love) for someone in the same way that they feel it for oneself - ODO

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    A good example of ethical answering in ELU. When the answer is already posted as a comment and you want to convert that comment to answer, just post the answer and mark it 'Community Wiki'. Nice work, Helmar :) – BiscuitBoy Sep 13 '16 at 12:43

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