coun·​ter·​re·​sponse ˈkau̇n-tər-ri-ˌspän(t)s How to pronounce counterresponse (audio)
variants or counter-response
plural counterresponses or counter-responses
: a response that is a reply or reaction to a previous response
GE would then have two weeks to issue a counter-response.Clarence Fanto
Retaliation is only likely to provoke a counterresponse. In that regard, escalation may prove to be to Russia's advantage.Harlan Ullman
… supporters on social media have developed their own counterresponse to the protests, mocking them …Craig Gilbert
specifically, law : a response to a responsive pleading
The Defendant has filed a Response to the Motion for Reconsideration and the Plaintiff has filed a Counter-Response. In re Bent

Examples of counterresponse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The counterresponse is visceral one way or the other. CBS News, 13 Nov. 2022 There was even a consensus statement issued calling brain training into question, which, in turn, resulted in a counterresponse from researchers who defended it. Susanne M. Jaeggi, Scientific American, 24 Sep. 2020 That provoked angry tweets and threats of intervention from President Trump and a strong counterresponse from the mayor. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterresponse was in 1869

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“Counterresponse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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