coun·​ter·​move | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌmüv How to pronounce countermove (audio) \
variants: or countermove
plural countermoves or counter-moves

Definition of countermove

: a move designed to check, offset, or counter another move Chess-playing programs, for instance, were … instructed to look ahead and try to calculate all possible moves and countermoves.— Tom Alexander … had seen … a linebacker drift out and line up nose to nose on a wide receiver. It surprised them, and they had come up with a countermove.— Mark Bowden … wanted to play out the long-term implications of possible U.S. moves and Iranian countermoves.— James Fallows "Their kidnapping of Miss Tuppence is the counter-move to your escape."— Agatha Christie

First Known Use of countermove

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Countermove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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