counter-


a combining form of counter3, used with the meanings “against,” “contrary,” “opposite,” “in opposition or response to” (countermand); “complementary,” “in reciprocation,” “corresponding,” “parallel” (counterfoil; counterbalance); “substitute,” “duplicate” (counterfeit).

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Origin of counter-

Middle English countre-; see counter3
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British Dictionary definitions for counter-

counter-

prefix

against; opposite; contrarycounterattack
complementary; correspondingcounterfoil
duplicate or substitutecounterfeit

Word Origin for counter-

via Norman French from Latin contrā against, opposite; see contra-
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Medical definitions for counter-

counter-

pref.

Contrary; opposite; opposing:countertransport.
Corresponding; complementary:counterincision.
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