countereffort

noun coun·ter·ef·fort \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈe-fərt , -ˌfȯrt \
variants: or counter-effort

Definition of countereffort

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

First Known Use of countereffort

1611

in the meaning defined above

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