coun·​ter·​strat·​e·​gy ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈstra-tə-jē How to pronounce counterstrategy (audio)
variants or counter-strategy
plural counterstrategies or counter-strategies
: a strategy that counters another strategy
… weighed the possibilities of what his enemy's next move might be before deciding on his next counterstrategy.Stormie Filson
: a strategy developed to counter something
As individuals began to control information and images in the age of the Internet, political circles have developed a media counterstrategy in response to rapidly changing public opinion.Kim Yujin
counterstrategist noun
or counter-strategist
plural counterstrategists or counter-strategists
She is not a victim or even a survivor, but a lethal counterattacker, counterstrategist Peter Bradshaw

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If the roaches always chose the exact same angle of escape, predators might devise a counterstrategy, Branco points out. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2023 But the government came up with a brutally clever counterstrategy. Annia Ciezadlo, Wired, 3 Nov. 2021 Nevertheless, Biden’s bet that Republicans don’t have an effective counterstrategy to his whiteness seems to be valid, even if his larger promise of a new bipartisan era is nowhere near the mark. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of counterstrategy was in 1843

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“Counterstrategy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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