coun·​ter·​ar·​gu·​ment | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈär-gyə-mənt How to pronounce counterargument (audio) \
variants: or counter-argument
plural counterarguments or counter-arguments

Definition of counterargument

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web The counterargument is that the original intent of the program was to attract student loan borrowers who would make a long-term commitment to serve, and this could work against that goal. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 There is a counterargument that the actual default would not be as cataclysmic as anticipated. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 The governor’s counterargument, beginning with a Saturday-morning event in Commerce, centered on his efforts to boost workplace protections for healthcare and service employees during the pandemic’s most dangerous days. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021 In perhaps the most valid counterargument, some would point to the crowding of hospitals with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients and ensuing delays in medical care for others as evidence of a remaining externality. Brad Polumbo, National Review, 4 Aug. 2021 Its inclusion nonetheless adds the glimmer of a counterargument to a troubling account of some of the ways Big Brother is watching us — a reminder that the rest of us have eyes, too. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 There are countless reasons for City’s rivals and peers to hope the club does not sign Haaland, but there is one counterargument sufficiently compelling to render all of them moot. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2021 There is also a broad geopolitical counterargument to the governor’s hasty decision. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The novel wants to establish Klara as a counterargument to this. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of counterargument

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterargument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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