coun·​ter·​step ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌstep How to pronounce counterstep (audio)
variants or counter-step
plural countersteps or counter-steps
: a step taken in opposition to another step
The countries seem headed into a period of tensions when every step is met with distrust and some counterstep, putting them on opposite sides of hotspots around the world, from Iran to Georgia to Kosovo.Steven Lee Myers

Word History

First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterstep was in 1720

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“Counterstep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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