countermove

noun coun·ter·move \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌmüv \
variants: or countermove

Definition of countermove

plural countermoves or counter-moves
: 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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