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opposite of “retaliate”

What is antonym (?) for vengence/revenge?

The "?" after antonym is because the given antonyms : "forgiveness, pardon" are not what I am after, Something more along the lines of somebody does you favour and you try to get them back by doing something good.

In this context what is a better word than antonym? for example what would be antonyms for "War"? and by that I don't mean peace, it needs to be something stronger, something that poeple actively do, like getting together and building something for some other community, and in retaliation (?) another group builds/helps them in some way without being expected to do so.

Consider that in Paris there are anti-vandal(?) groups where they break into ignored/decaying historical places and restor them illegally/without permission ( the show was on PBS ).

Every word prior to "(?)" requires a better word choice in it's place

  • This questino is certainly a duplicate of the linked one, but, despite an answer being 'accepted' there, there really doesn't seem to be a single-word answer. 'reciprocate' is the neutral version (vengeance is the bad kind of reciprocation, but there's no 'good' version).
    – Mitch
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 14:42
  • @FumbleFingers : yes it seems to be a duplicate, but maybe the answers end up being different, But Mitch also has a point.
    – jimjim
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 14:52
  • @Arjang,Mitch: Agreed my reciprocate on the original is usually more "neutral" than might be wanted in some contexts, but it seems to me OP here is looking for a pretty odd spread of meaning anyway. Stretching from "positively reciprocal" in respect of "favour" given by some other community, to "socially restorative" in respect of "noble endeavours" done by a past generation who erected impressive but now-neglected buildings. In the end, I think this question as it stands is a bit too broad anyway. Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 15:52

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"Benevolence" is the first thing that comes to mind, though it's not necessarily quid pro quo good-for-good.

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