counterstep

noun coun·ter·step \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌstep \
variants: or counter-step

Definition of counterstep

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

First Known Use of counterstep

1720

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