Definitions

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

  • n. A move made in opposition or retaliation to another.
  • intransitive v. To make a move in retaliation or opposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A move in opposition or response to a preceding move.
  • v. To move in opposition or in retaliation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A movement in opposition to another.
  • v. To move in a contrary direction to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move in a contrary direction, or in antagonism to.
  • n. A counter-movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.

Etymologies

counter- +‎ move (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Was it part of an incredibly intricate scheme for wine-world domination, possibly some sort of prescient countermove against the nascent Chinese interest in the rival region of Bordeaux?

    In the Domain of the Earth Mother of Burgundy

  • The mechanics inform as a countermove on the lower part of the form the pilots about the fact which measures they have taken in each case, before the airplane starts again.

    Australian Humor

  • Mr. Buffett says he is still formulating his countermove and is likely to detail a new questioning system before the next meeting on May 5.

    Q: What Does It Take to Get to the Oracle?

  • The ending of what had been billed as a three-day fast was the latest move in a game of move and countermove that Mr. Hazare and the government have engaged in over the past several months, as each side tried to portray itself as the motivating force for a clampdown on graft.

    As Antigraft Bill Proceeds, Indian Activist Shifts Tack

  • When we talk about changing 230, though, we go instantly to the move, countermove.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Standard countermove to Professor Kim: the ISP says, if you make a non-immunity rule, I will take down any content about which I get a complaint.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Nonetheless, Nasdaq's move to assemble a rival bid for the Big Board shows that Mr. Greifeld feels immense pressure to make a countermove after many of his major peers from Toronto to Sydney have announced international combinations.

    Nasdaq Is Nearing Rival Bid for NYSE

  • Now GE, which has 7,000 employees in Germany, is looking to make a countermove.

    GE Will Bulk Up German Business

  • Saturday's vote is seen as a countermove driven by pro-Russian groups.

    Russian Language Vote on Saturday Has Latvia Tense

  • But, in a countermove, Mr. Ouattara ordered Ivorian branches of the regional bank to be closed.

    ECOWAS Seeks International Support on Ivorian Crisis

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