countereffort

noun

coun·​ter·​ef·​fort ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈe-fərt How to pronounce countereffort (audio)
-ˌfȯrt
variants or counter-effort
plural counterefforts or counter-efforts
: an effort made in order to oppose or hinder another effort
… horror sequels tend to share an indefatigable evil force … that … ultimately emerges victorious, despite valiant counterefforts, to live to see another day (and to star in another sequel).Calum Marsh
" … they're putting pressure on congressmen and there's not a counter-effort to steel the spine of some of these congressmen … "Mo Brooks
Public opinion … is now reportedly permanently and adamantly so opposed to salmon farming that no amount of counter-effort could possibly change the public mood.Terence Corcoran

Examples of countereffort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the episode could make those counterefforts more challenging. Emily Flitter, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2023 But some Republican senators who helped write the infrastructure bill, along with influential business groups that support it -- including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable -- have started a countereffort to try to persuade House Republicans to back the legislation. Compiled Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2021 But some Republican senators who helped write the bill, along with influential business groups that support it — including the US Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable — have started a countereffort to try to persuade House Republicans to back the legislation. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of countereffort was in 1611

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“Countereffort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countereffort. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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