coun·​ter·​pro·​pos·​al | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-prə-ˌpō-zəl How to pronounce counterproposal (audio) \

Definition of counterproposal

: a return proposal made by one who has rejected a proposal

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There has still been no meaningful counterproposal from our musicians, but we are encouraged that our musicians are finally prepared to bring a proposal to the upcoming meeting. ... Chris Kaltenbach,, "The Baltimore Symphony season is set to start Sept. 14. Now, musicians say they won’t play without a contract," 22 Aug. 2019 This year, as the tenant activists’ platform gained traction, landlords did not publicize their own counterproposals, fearful of losing leverage by offering compromises. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Titans of Real Estate in ‘Shock’ Over New York Rent Law Deal," 12 June 2019 District officials did not make public their counterproposal. Ashley Mcbride,, "New Haven teachers strike enters third week with finals looming," 3 June 2019 But here is a counterproposal: Adaptogens are actually the cryptocurrency of the wellness world. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Adaptogenic dusts, oils, and pills have a veneer of science, but there’s not much evidence to back them up.," 2 Nov. 2018 The next time someone proposes walking across hot coals as an improving ritual, offer as a counterproposal to steal a dorado. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Stepping Out of Character and Starting a New Story," 25 June 2018 Proposals and counterproposals can change rapidly, and typically no terms are finalized on sensitive issues until the entire agreement is concluded. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "U.S. Offers Compromise on Autos, Boosting Hopes for Nafta Deal," 13 Apr. 2018 The language in the consensus statement, which included mention of the Paris agreement, was the subject of several rounds of negotiations, with European Union nations and the U.S. trading at least four major proposals and counterproposals. Jonathan Gilbert,, "A Greener Future Starts With Natural Gas, World Energy Chiefs Say," 16 June 2018 Reboyras, an Emanuel ally, immediately responded with not one but two counterproposals that seemed to confuse the issue. Annie Sweeney,, "First public hearing on civilian oversight of CPD abruptly breaks up amid protest," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of counterproposal

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterproposal was in 1885

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