[ koun-ter-in-sur-juhn-see ]
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noun,plural coun·ter·in·sur·gen·cies.
  1. a program or an act of combating guerrilla warfare and subversion.

  1. of, relating to, or designed for combating guerrilla warfare and subversion: counterinsurgency funds.

Origin of counterinsurgency

First recorded in 1960–65; counter- + insurgency

Other words from counterinsurgency

  • coun·ter·in·sur·gent, noun, adjective

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How to use counterinsurgency in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for counterinsurgency


/ (ˌkaʊntərɪnˈsɜːdʒənsɪ) /

  1. action taken by a government to counter the activities of rebels, guerrillas, etc

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Cultural definitions for counterinsurgency


Military power applied in guerrilla warfare in support of the established government.

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