countermovement

noun coun·ter·move·ment \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌmüv-mənt \
variants: or counter-movement
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of countermovement

plural countermovements or counter-movements
1 :a movement in an opposite direction
  • She observed that whenever the body abruptly moves one way, there is a fallout of countermovements and readjustments …
  • —Paul Trachtman
  • Suburban stress has not produced any large-scale countermovement back to the cities or out to the countryside, however.
  • —William Schneider
2 :an organized movement that arises in opposition to something
  • Opponents labeled the whole program socialistic, and, in the 1960s, a strong countermovement developed …
  • The Bangor Daily News

First Known Use of countermovement

circa 1818


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