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counterpart

[koun-ter-pahrt] /ˈkaʊn tərˌpɑrt/
noun
1.
a person or thing closely resembling another, especially in function:
Our president is the counterpart of your prime minister.
2.
a copy; duplicate.
3.
Law. a duplicate or copy of an indenture.
4.
one of two parts that fit, complete, or complement one another.
Origin of counterpart
late Middle English
1425-1475
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at counter-, part
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  • She was the counterpart of her father; and Doctor Strong had been loved by other men.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The three-legged crow in the sun is the counterpart of the three-legged ram-toad in the moon.

  • The line was, "I will accept nothing which all may not have their counterpart of on the same terms."

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • There is a second, I said, which is the counterpart of the one already named.

    The Republic Plato
  • This difference had to have its counterpart in the campaign.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for counterpart

counterpart

/ˈkaʊntəˌpɑːt/
noun
1.
a person or thing identical to or closely resembling another
2.
one of two parts that complement or correspond to each other
3.
a person acting opposite another in a play
4.
a duplicate, esp of a legal document; copy
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Word Origin and History for counterpart
n.

mid-15c., originally countre part "duplicate of a legal document," from Middle French contrepartie, from contre "facing, opposite" (see contra-) + partie "copy of a person or thing," originally fem. past participle of partir "to divide" (see party (n.)).

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