counterpower

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

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

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