coun·​ter·​in·​va·​sion ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce counterinvasion (audio)
variants or counter-invasion
plural counterinvasions or counter-invasions
: an invasion that is undertaken by a defending force against an enemy invader
Even border fortifications can permit an attacker to mass forces for invasion while allocating few forces to defend the fortified border against a counterinvasion.James M. Garrett

Examples of counterinvasion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taiwan's counterinvasion strategy is to use U.S.-provided anti-ship weapons to sink as much of the Chinese armada as possible. Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner, 11 Mar. 2021 The theater task force organized its own counterinvasion exercise back in December. David Axe, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterinvasion was in 1845

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“Counterinvasion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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