coun·​ter·​ef·​fort ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈe-fərt How to pronounce countereffort (audio)
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

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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Cite this Entry

“Countereffort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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