Definition of countermeasure
: 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; especially : electronic countermeasure
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The network of electromagnetic and acoustic sensors is used to evaluate submarines, surface ships and remotely operated vehicles, as well as accommodate mine detection and countermeasure testing.
Over the past several years, Emergent has steadily added to its portfolio of medical countermeasures for biological and chemical threats, and infectious diseases through acquisitions.
Usually in global trade, such tit-for-tat countermeasures are planned to create the maximum political effect while limiting the actual economic disruption as much as possible.
As the video below explains, there are various countermeasures a nation like North Korea could use to try to get around U.S. missile defense systems, such as including decoys in the warhead.
U.S. import taxes imposed as a countermeasure have already sharply reduced Chinese steel imports.
The Soviet Union, to protect its investment in a numerically superior tank force, began researching countermeasures.
Some individual websites have come up with their own countermeasures.
But Laura Grego, a missile defense analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists, said last year that none of the interception tests since 2010 have used targets representative of actual threats or complex countermeasures.
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Definition of countermeasure for English Language Learners
: an action or device that is intended to stop or prevent something bad or dangerous
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