coun·​ter·​of·​fer | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌȯ-fər How to pronounce counteroffer (audio) , -ˌä-fər \

Definition of counteroffer

: a return offer made by one who has rejected an offer

Examples of counteroffer in a Sentence

He turned down the deal and came back with a counteroffer asking for more money.
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans plan to propose a $1 trillion infrastructure counteroffer to President Joe Biden on Thursday – a significant increase from their initial $568 billion starting point but still significantly lower than the White House’s price tag. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Kiesel responded with a counteroffer of $60,000, which was not accepted, the agreement says. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Players make a counteroffer, proposing owners employ ghost arbitrators in all minor-league disputes for one season on an experimental basis, effectively tabling the proposal until the 2023 season. Paul Sullivan,, 2 Mar. 2022 Their counteroffer was to repurpose unspent pots of money that had already been set aside for state-level pandemic responses; Democrats refused, and coronavirus aid was omitted from the bill entirely. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 17 Mar. 2022 Senate Appropriations ranking member Richard C. Shelby told reporters Monday night that the two sides were still exchanging proposals, with GOP negotiators sending over the most recent counteroffer for Democrats to review earlier in the day. al, 7 Feb. 2022 Biogen made a counteroffer to Medicare officials trying to limit prescribing of Aduhelm. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 18 Feb. 2022 Republicans made a new offer to Democrats on Monday and then made a counteroffer to Democrats’ initial response. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro called on Republicans to make a full-year funding counteroffer soon to finish work on appropriations bills. al, 2 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of counteroffer

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counteroffer was in 1788

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“Counteroffer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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coun·​ter·​of·​fer | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌȯ-fər How to pronounce counteroffer (audio) \

Legal Definition of counteroffer

: an offer that is made in response to another and that has additional or differing terms

Note: Under common law, a counteroffer does not constitute an acceptance of an offer and is often considered a rejection of the offer.

Other Words from counteroffer

counteroffer intransitive verb

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