counterpower

noun
coun·​ter·​pow·​er | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce counterpower (audio) \
variants: or counter-power
plural counterpowers or counter-powers

Definition of counterpower

: a power that offsets or checks an opposing power So they gave the counterpower of the veto to the president so he could keep the Congress under control.— Eugene McCarthy The idea is that against power over people, we must exert a counterpower over the oppressors.— Jeremy David Bendik-Keymer It remains to be shown how, in a country claiming to be a democracy, a veritable hidden counter-power operating outside institutional controls … could have grown up at the very center of the state.— Patrice Claude

First Known Use of counterpower

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterpower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterpower. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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