counterpressure

noun coun·ter·pres·sure \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpre-shər \
variants: or counter-pressure
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of counterpressure

plural counterpressures or counter-pressures
1 :weight or force in a contrary or reverse direction
  • … allow the user to change the firmness of the mattress by adjusting the flow of air, providing a counterpressure to body weight.
  • —Moshe Lewis
  • counterpressure applied to the lower back during labor for pain relief
2 :conflicting or opposing pressure (such as political or social pressure)
  • But some of them might actually need some counterpressure before they can effectively stand up to the illiberal forces growing stronger on so many campuses.
  • —Jonathan Haidt
  • … the internal pressures and counterpressures influencing the Arab world …
  • —Laura Secor

First Known Use of counterpressure

1621


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