coun·​ter·​ag·​gres·​sion | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ə-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce counteraggression (audio) \
variants: or counter-aggression
plural counteraggressions or counter-aggressions

Definition of counteraggression

: an act of aggression (such as an attack) that is undertaken in response to another's aggression … the limited importance of deterrence could partially explain why revenge is more effective in triggering counteraggressions and feuds than in avoiding them.— Francesa Giardini and Rosaria Conte also : the practice of undertaking such acts Violence, especially political violence, is usually a pattern of aggression and counteraggression that has a history and which stretches back deep into time. — Simon Critchley

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Counteraggression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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