coun·ter·mea·sure | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌme-zhər , -ˌmā- \

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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Also, the Mod 7 decreases vulnerability to enemy countermeasures and allows the torpedo to transmit and receive over a wider frequency band, Lockheed and Navy developers say. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy pursues new long-range, stealthy and precise Mk 48 heavyweight attack torpedo," 25 June 2018 While China steers investment into favoured sectors, America adopts countermeasures. The Economist, "A threatened trade war between China and America may be on hold," 24 May 2018 As a result, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Turkey and Japan have either begun or announced plans to launch countermeasures. Heather Long And Steven Mufson,, "Trump's trade moves threaten 70 years of global agreements," 2 June 2018 Captured missiles are also used as countermeasure guinea pigs. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens to a Cruise Missile Captured by the Russians," 26 Apr. 2018 Instead of sparking negotiations, Chinese leaders have responded through retaliation, imposing tariffs on US imports and threatening to continue escalating their countermeasures if Trump doesn’t back down. Damian Paletta,, "Trump administration takes major step to help Chinese firm ZTE," 12 July 2018 China has threatened to match U.S. tariffs with its own countermeasures. David Hodari, WSJ, "Metals Slide Deepens as Trade Fears Escalate," 11 July 2018 The challenge for Beijing is to figure out precisely what such countermeasures will look like. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "After Trump’s New Tariff Threat, China Seeks Strategy for Retaliation," 11 July 2018 As part of the spirit of cooperation encouraged by the JCPOA and Iran’s commitment to improve its standards, in June 2016 the FATF suspended countermeasures against the country. Tom Keatinge, Time, "Another Death Knell for the Iran Nuclear Deal," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of countermeasure

1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of countermeasure

: an action or device that is intended to stop or prevent something bad or dangerous

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