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

Definition of countereffort

: 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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“Countereffort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countereffort. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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