coun·​ter·​mea·​sure ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌme-zhər How to pronounce countermeasure (audio)
: an action or device designed to negate or offset another
The most well-known countermeasure by a physician is a malicious-persecution suit against the lawyer who sued him and failed to prove a case.William J. Curran
The Germans had developed a tricky magnetic mine, but the British had developed a countermeasure for this even before the mine was used.Bernard Brodie and Fawn M. Brodie

Examples of countermeasure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The program is intended to set up partnerships with industry to help the country better prepare for pandemic threats and develop medical countermeasures, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a press announcement Tuesday. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 2 July 2024 The global social contract, therefore, has a second component of equal importance: the equitable distribution of medical countermeasures. Lawrence O. Gostin, Scientific American, 19 June 2024 Understanding those motivations is essential to anticipating future nuclear development, deployment, and employment strategies, as well as Beijing’s potential responses to U.S. countermeasures. Ashley J. Tellis, Foreign Affairs, 17 June 2024 While some security professionals have given the firm credit, at times, for working hard to find and disclose new vulnerabilities, the sheer volume and cadence of vulnerabilities requiring serious countermeasures has surely stuck with some. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for countermeasure 

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of countermeasure was in 1923

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“Countermeasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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coun·​ter·​mea·​sure ˈkau̇nt-ər-ˌmezh-ər How to pronounce countermeasure (audio)
: an action or device designed to counteract another
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