counterreaction

noun coun·ter·re·ac·tion \ ˌkau̇n-tər-rē-ˈak-shən \
variants: or counter-reaction

Definition of counterreaction

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

First Known Use of counterreaction

1848

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