from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of retaliation; a counterattack
  • n. Any action in opposition to a previous action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Action in opposition; hindrance resistance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Action in opposition; hindrance; resistance.

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

  • n. action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Secretary at home from whom he receives orders, and the Secretary at Dublin to whom he is to give orders, if I did not believe that with all his failings he possesses a high and independent spirit, which will lead him to assert himself decisively in the very first moment of the counteraction, which is thus studiously and systematically provided to embarrass him in all his operations.

    Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1) From the Original Family Documents

  • Morale operations include all measures of subversion, other than physical, used to create confusion and division, and to undermine the morale and the political unity of the enemy through any means from within, or purporting to emanate within, enemy countries; or from bases within areas where action and counteraction may be effective against the enemy.

    A Covert Affair

  • Though the FDA's decision seems like a smart counteraction at first glance; if we examine similar proposals made in the past, unfortunately, it doesn't hold much promise.

    Valerie Orsoni: Too Much Calorie Info Will Fatten America Up

  • Unless China changes its ways, on day one of my presidency I will designate it a currency manipulator and take appropriate counteraction.

    How I'll Respond to China's Rising Power

  • Wars being dynamic, this procrastination can only aid the enemy, which is being afforded leisure to expand its region of effectiveness and harden itself against eventual American counteraction.

    War on Terror

  • Jim (Ranger) is a retired Army Special Forces officer and terrorism counteraction (T/CA) subject matter expert who vehemently opposes this administration's WOT. I'm guessing Jim is talking about the previous administration's WOT, but you never know.

    Blogroll Update

  • And yet, in spite of or directly because of the glaring presence of that awful, flaring virus, counteraction is spurred: in expanding consciousnesses all over the country and the world, there is a defense being formulated.

    The Piggyback Virus

  • It seems a fairly straightforward idea, a way of taking the terminology of situation, problem, action and resolution and abstracting that to a notion of balance and imbalance, action as counteraction, as a means to an end, that end being the restoration of equilibrium.

    More on Narrative

  • Samuel's words closely parallel the narrative about the attack of Amalek in the Book of Deuteronomy (25: 17-19), which relates how the Amalekites attacked the Israelites on their way out of Egypt, "when you were famished and weary," and cut down the stragglers in the rear, without mentioning any victorious Israelite counteraction.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Though this is not exactly true (Obama has made strides in urban policy, educational assistance and highway projects), Zinn calls for counteraction of the inertia by grassroots protest and pressure to reduce the militarism that is currently bankrupting America.

    Trust: What Obama Needs Most


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