counterpower

noun coun·ter·pow·er \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r \
variants: or counter-power
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of counterpower

plural counterpowers or counter-powers
: 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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up counterpower? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

allowing a liquid or gas to pass through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!