counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

Definition of counterpart

1 : one of two corresponding copies of a legal instrument : duplicate
2a : a thing that fits another perfectly
b : something that completes : complement the lead actress and her male counterpart
3a : one remarkably similar to another The crow is sometimes mistaken for its larger counterpart, the raven.
b : one having the same function or characteristics as another college presidents and their counterparts in business

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Examples of counterpart in a Sentence

The secretary of defense met with his counterparts in Asia to discuss the nuclear crisis. Metal tools replaced their stone counterparts many, many years ago. the lead actress and her male counterpart
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But turnout surged among people with disabilities in 2018, and research has found that if disabled people voted at the same rate as their nondisabled counterparts, there would be 2.35 million more votes. Abigail Abrams, Time, "2020 Presidential Candidates Are Making (Some) Progress On Website Accessibility," 12 Sep. 2019 Some wineries in Santa Ynez Valley had planted the varieties, but to Benedict, the resulting wines didn’t have quite the same impact as their Napa Valley counterparts. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Some of California’s Most Famous Wines Came from a Science Experiment," 8 Sep. 2019 Statewide, white students are three times more likely to pass both the English and math tests than their black counterparts. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "ILEARN scores are back and fewer than half of Indiana's students passed. Here's what's next.," 4 Sep. 2019 And because the wealth (or poverty) Americans are born into determine their earning power, wealth inequity carries across to incomes, with white Americans earning $1 million more over a working lifetime than their black counterparts. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "If black families were as rich as white ones, U.S. economy would be $1.5 trillion bigger," 15 Aug. 2019 But Houston employees, don't collectively work as hard as their counterparts living in their longtime rival city, Dallas. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Houston outworked by rival Dallas, other DFW metroplex cities, according to government data analysis," 12 Aug. 2019 MindTravel imagines new types of mindfulness, including uninterrupted, real-time compositions played in concert; SilentWalk and SilentHike (its non-urban counterpart) add movement to the mix. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "Take a ‘SilentWalk’ in Millennium Park to practice mindfulness in motion," 5 Aug. 2019 The other issue is that Android apps are generally not as a polished or well-supported as their iOS counterparts. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google confirms “Play Pass” subscription service for Android apps," 2 Aug. 2019 Studies have shown how racial prejudice has infiltrated the judicial system, where Native Hawaiians often receive longer and harsher sentences than their non-Hawaiian counterparts. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of counterpart

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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counterpart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of counterpart

: someone or something that has the same job or purpose as another

counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

Kids Definition of counterpart

: a person or thing that is very like or equivalent to another person or thing

counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

Legal Definition of counterpart

: one of two corresponding or duplicate copies of a legal instrument

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