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What does counterargument mean?
A counterargument is an argument that is issued in response to someone else’s argument to show that the original claim is somehow incorrect.
An argument, in this context, is a series of reasons used to make a claim. A counterargument is always a response—its point is to refute (prove wrong) the original argument. The term is most commonly used in formal contexts, like debates or courtroom settings, but it can also be used in informal contexts, like everyday discussions.
Example: The debate team worked diligently to prepare a counterargument that disproved their opponents’ stance.
Where does counterargument come from?
The first recorded use of counterargument in English comes from the 1860s (when it was hyphenated as counter-argument). The prefix counter- means “against” or “opposite.”
Counterarguments are most commonly found in legal settings and debates, when each opposing side delivers a reasoned argument in favor of their point of view and then tries to disprove their opponent’s claims. For example, in a criminal trial, the prosecution first presents evidence in an attempt to prove that someone committed a crime. The defense then offers a counterargument in an attempt to persuade the jury that the person did not commit the crime.
Counterarguments typically occur when there are at least two opposing sides, but you can make a counterargument against yourself. Writing intended to be persuasive sometimes includes a counterargument to the main argument to show that the author has considered other points of view.
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How is counterargument used in real life?
Counterarguments are usually used to show a different point of view or the flip side of an argument.
Almost every sentiment that an individual or group of individuals expresses has an element of truth to it, it also has a paradox and at least one counterargument, Life's Not Black & White, Life is grey, Life is Multi-faceted, Multi dimensional, deep and many layered
— Conor Canney (@ConorCanney) January 1, 2020
One of the arguments against tanking is the fact that you may not finish to where you desire at the end of the year. Counterargument: You can only control what your team's outcome is. You cannot control other teams' (Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14, Cincinnati this season) futility.
— Jake Hyman (@RealJakeHyman) January 7, 2020
My main counterargument for ideas like this one, as laudable as they are in many ways, is that they tend to ignore a news outlet's fundamental need to attract an audience in order to be socially useful https://t.co/LecxA5PRbK
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) January 2, 2020
Try using counterargument!
Which of the following statements is a counterargument to the (correct) argument that ranch dressing is the best salad dressing?
A. No, it’s not.
B. Ranch dressing is normally white, and French dressing is typically an orange color.
C. Ranch dressing can be poured on salad or used for dipping.
D. Balsamic vinaigrette is the best dressing because it is healthier than ranch dressing and has a better flavor.
How to use counterargument in a sentence
However, researchers have produced several compelling counterarguments to all that authenticity.Being your authentic self is actually not ideal for creativity|Li Huang|July 29, 2021|Quartz
If you’re thinking, “But pasta needs to be kneaded,” allow me to present gnocchi as a counterargument.A guide to couscous: The history, different types and how to cook with it|Aaron Hutcherson|May 14, 2021|Washington Post
Still, I’d like to know if there’s a counterargument to be made, in response to the certainty with which a friend remarks that second children are always “much more chill” than first children.Does Birth Order Really Determine Personality? Here's What the Research Says|Lynn Berger|April 13, 2021|Time
Another OFRI employee, Timm Locke, offered to help a timber lobbyist draft a counterargument that “those of us in the industry can use.”A Timber Lobbyist Called Our Investigation “Completely Bogus.” We Have the Receipts to Show It’s Not.|by Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive, and Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting|March 8, 2021|ProPublica
She and Wachter laid out their counterarguments on delaying doses February 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine.Can a COVID-19 vaccine’s second dose be delayed? It’s complicated|Tina Hesman Saey|February 26, 2021|Science News
Allen met every one of his arguments with a forceful counterargument.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’|Peter Guralnick|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The counterargument, of course, is that this method of delivery is pretty archaic.Is Life Without CBS Really So Bad for Time Warner Customers?|Marlow Stern|August 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The conventional counterargument, of course, is that the establishment will circle the wagons around Romney.
But I can mount a highly plausible counter-counterargument for why it may not.
I haven't any idea, but a better counterargument is required than "the military knows best."
Ghosts also have human shapes is probably your counterargument.The Blue Ghost Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin