[koun-ter-aw-fer, -of-er, koun-ter-aw-fer, -of-er]


an offer or proposal made to offset or substitute for an earlier offer made by another.

Origin of counteroffer

First recorded in 1780–90; counter- + offer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a response to a bid in which a seller amends his original offer, making it more favourable to the buyer
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Word Origin and History for counteroffer

1788, from counter- + offer (n.).

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