coun·​ter·​re·​ac·​tion ˌkau̇n-tər-rē-ˈak-shən How to pronounce counterreaction (audio)
variants or counter-reaction
plural counterreactions or counter-reactions
: a reaction in response or opposition to the main reaction
This situation … is inherently unstable and was bound to produce a counterreaction.David Brooks
… tax cuts could only stimulate so much growth. At worst, they could trigger too severe a counterreaction by the Fed, which might throw the economy into recession.The New Republic
a literary counter-reaction to modernism

Examples of counterreaction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wouldn’t that mean that the modern system of VCs funding startups—and ultimately, companies like Apple and Google— was based on a counterreaction to the white-supremecist ethos that Harris finds tucked away in every corner of his hometown? Steven Levy, WIRED, 3 Mar. 2023 That may contribute to a cycle of reaction and counterreaction that could deteriorate into outright conflict. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2022 The most extreme step -- one that is still being debated -- would be to cut Russia off from the global financial settlement system, called SWIFT, but some European officials have feared that step might provoke too harsh a counterreaction. Arkansas Online, 8 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterreaction was in 1848

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“Counterreaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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