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[ koun-ter-ahr-gyuh-muhnt ]


  1. a contrasting, opposing, or refuting argument.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of counterargument1

First recorded in 1860–65; counter- + argument

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Example Sentences

However, researchers have produced several compelling counterarguments to all that authenticity.

From Quartz

If you’re thinking, “But pasta needs to be kneaded,” allow me to present gnocchi as a counterargument.

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.

From Time

Another OFRI employee, Timm Locke, offered to help a timber lobbyist draft a counterargument that “those of us in the industry can use.”

She and Wachter laid out their counterarguments on delaying doses February 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Allen met every one of his arguments with a forceful counterargument.

The counterargument, of course, is that this method of delivery is pretty archaic.

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.


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More About Counterargument

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.


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.