Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Contrary; opposite; opposing: counterclaim.
  • Corresponding; complementary: counterfoil.

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  • in opposition to

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition. See counter, adv. & a.

Etymologies

Middle English countre-, from Old French contre-, from Latin contrā; see kom in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Further, the HKMA recently asked banks to set aside more funds for what it called "counter- cyclical" measures.

    MarketWatch.com - Software Industry News

  • Yemen is home to a well-organized and entrenched branch of al Qaeda, which has made allies such as the U.S. and Saudi Arabia wary of abandoning President Saleh and some of his relatives, who head the counter- terrorism forces.

    As Arab Spring Turns Violent, Democracy Advocates Face Big Challenges

  • Lowell's "canals" meanwhile inspired both the gentle allegories of Ray Bradbury's "Martian Chronicles" (1950) and C.S. Lewis's counter- Wellsian fable, "Out of the Silent Planet" (1938).

    Attack of the Classics

  • Pick a direction, clockwise or counter-, and stick to it, and sooner or later he was bound to strike the trailhead.

    THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ

  • By creating a furor of protest surrounding those schools, Talbott hoped to force the city to allow ACORN to set up a counter- system of Afro-centric “small schools” under its own control.59

    Radical-In-Chief

  • A buffer stock counter- inflation policy is required, not interest rate rises.

    The Guardian World News

  • You have to obey orders, so German counter- insurgency depended on extreme violence at the beginning in the belief that this would save German blood in the long term.

    BBC News - Home

  • Giving a wad of cash to a homeless person is exactly the sort of counter- intuitive behaviour he specialises in.

    The Guardian World News

  • Moreover, the U.S. and Israel have offered him counter- terrorism assistance to quell a surge in attacks by Islamic militants, which has become his foremost domestic priority after the Aug. 26 suicide car-bomb attack on a UN compound in Abuja killed 23 people.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • BOTH clubs celebrated their inclusion in next year's Super 10 Premiership by serving up a feast of attack and counter- attack at Parc y Scarlets, writes Huw S Thomas.

    WalesOnline - Home

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