counterreaction

noun
coun·​ter·​re·​ac·​tion | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-rē-ˈak-shən How to pronounce counterreaction (audio) \
variants: or counter-reaction
plural counterreactions or counter-reactions

Definition of counterreaction

: a reaction in response or opposition to the main reaction This situation … is inherently unstable and was bound to produce a counterreaction.— David Brooks … tax cuts could only stimulate so much growth. At worst, they could trigger too severe a counterreaction by the Fed, which might throw the economy into recession.The New Republic a literary counter-reaction to modernism

First Known Use of counterreaction

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterreaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterreaction. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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