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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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  • They were counterparts of each other, except in one small particular.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Yet their counterparts can still be seen along the Norwegian coast.

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  • And as it was in this stage, so the other stages were counterparts.

  • Does the world, Senor, contain the stuff to make their counterparts?

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  • These lions are precisely the counterparts of those in the doorways of Modena and Verona.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
British Dictionary definitions for counterparts

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 counterparts

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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