coun·​ter·​ques·​tion ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌkwes-chən How to pronounce counterquestion (audio)
variants or counter-question
plural counterquestions or counter-questions
: a question asked in response to another question
… avoid a direct "no" at practically any cost. They may ask a counterquestion, promise an answer at some later date, change the subject and even occasionally leave the room.John Pfeiffer

Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterquestion was in 1836

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“Counterquestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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