coun·​ter·​ar·​gu·​ment ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈär-gyə-mənt How to pronounce counterargument (audio)
variants or counter-argument
plural counterarguments or counter-arguments
: an opposing argument
Joseph Stiglitz's new book, "The Price of Inequality," is the single most comprehensive counterargument to both Democratic neoliberalism and Republican laissez-faire theories.Thomas B. Edsall
… careful consideration of each of the arguments made by the appellant, and of the counter-arguments advanced by the appellees …Jonathan M. Landers et al.

Examples of counterargument in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterargument was in 1812

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“Counterargument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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