countermeasure

[ koun-ter-mezh-er ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌmɛʒ ər /

noun

an opposing, offsetting, or retaliatory measure.

Nearby words

  1. counterlight,
  2. counterman,
  3. countermand,
  4. countermarch,
  5. countermark,
  6. countermelody,
  7. countermigration,
  8. countermine,
  9. countermove,
  10. counteroffensive

Origin of countermeasure

First recorded in 1920–25; counter- + measure

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British Dictionary definitions for countermeasure

countermeasure

/ (ˈkaʊntəˌmɛʒə) /

noun

action taken to oppose, neutralize, or retaliate against some other action
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Word Origin and History for countermeasure

countermeasure

n.

1923, from counter- + measure (n.).

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