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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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.
Whatever countermeasures are developed against such a scenario will have to be more sophisticated than a hail of bullets.
Like a cultural version of the toothy spikes on a ruddy duck’s penis, patriarchy may have arisen as a cultural countermeasure, reversing the advances in female autonomy gained in the millions of years since hominins diverged from chimpanzees.
More recently, the White House did not have recording devices automatically recording Barack Obama's phone calls or private meetings, according to a former Homeland Security official familiar with White House security and audio 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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