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 very toxic pesticides are necessary for farmers (and ultimately for the consumers who depend on them). Christine Ro, Forbes, "The Growing Case For Banning Pesticides Linked To Suicides," 4 Apr. 2021 Rose put out a counterargument to Smith’s video on Monday on why players like Lillard should stay in smaller markets like Portland. oregonlive, "ESPN’s Jalen Rose praises Blazers’ Damian Lillard for staying in Portland, defends small market NBA teams," 9 Mar. 2021 The counterargument to judicial restraint is that the courts are the best way to ensure that elections are conducted fairly — and that racial discrimination doesn't taint our democracy. Noah Feldman, Star Tribune, "Justice Roberts' court hates election cases," 4 Mar. 2021 The counterargument is the conference’s new TV contract with CBS and Fox Sports, which has a minimum threshold of football and basketball games that must be broadcast for the full value to be paid out each year. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mountain West may force Aztecs to play make-up game at UNLV," 22 Feb. 2021 Vaccine selfies, accompanied by captions offering moving anecdotes or thoughtful reasoning, provide a fitting and necessary counterargument. Brit Trogen, The Atlantic, "Go Ahead, Share Your Vaccine Selfie," 14 Jan. 2021 What counterargument could possibly be made to them? Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Stark, Historic Choice," 11 Jan. 2021 This 2018 rejoinder offers a strong counterargument, a history of the area alongside an analysis of its varied communities. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, "8 books you should read instead of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’," 19 Nov. 2020 However those who questioned coach Brian Flores' decision to switch to Tagovailoa will have further fuel for their counterargument. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of counterargument

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterargument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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