counterinfluence

noun
coun·​ter·​in·​flu·​ence | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈin-ˌflü-ən(t)s How to pronounce counterinfluence (audio) , especially Southern -in-ˈflü- \
variants: or counter-influence
plural counterinfluences or counter-influences

Definition of counterinfluence

: an influence that opposes or counteracts another influence … conscious of the capacities for evil which lie dormant in us all, and striving earnestly to open her heart to the counter-influence of her own better nature …— Wilkie Collins

First Known Use of counterinfluence

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterinfluence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterinfluence. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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