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 Although Mnuchin had made a counteroffer of $1.6 trillion, the sides have been unable to broker a deal. CBS News, "Stocks dive after Trump pulls plug on stimulus talks," 6 Oct. 2020 Democratic leaders are making their own counteroffer to jump-start talks. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for December 2: Covid-19, pardon probe, economy, China, Brazil," 2 Dec. 2020 That would split the difference between the House Democrats’ $2.2 trillion proposal and a $1.8 trillion counteroffer from the Trump administration. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 16-22," 23 Oct. 2020 Democrats on Wednesday were waiting for a Mnuchin counteroffer. Shruti Singh,, "Stressed U.S. Cities See Slim Shot at Covid Relief After Shutout," 30 Sep. 2020 But Pelosi retained the upper hand because Senate Republicans could not agree on a counteroffer. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump turned tables on Pelosi with relief bill reboot, allies say," 8 Oct. 2020 The bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus introduced a bill that would cost around $2 trillion, and Mnuchin said on Wednesday that his $1.6 trillion counteroffer to Pelosi would be similar to that framework. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House passes revised coronavirus relief bill, but it's unlikely to move in the Senate," 2 Oct. 2020 White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that Mrs. Pelosi didn’t make enough concessions in her latest proposal, and defended the administration’s $1.6 trillion counteroffer. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Coronavirus-Aid Talks Still Stuck After Counteroffer by Mnuchin," 1 Oct. 2020 William Hill shares fell 10% to 280.4 pence at 12:44 p.m. in London on Monday -- slightly above Caesars’s 272 pence bid -- as investors reined in expectations of a hefty counteroffer by the private equity firm. Thomas Seal,, "Caesars Says $3.7 Billion Bid High Enough for William Hill," 28 Sep. 2020

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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“Counteroffer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of counteroffer

: an offer that is made by someone in response to a previous offer


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.

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