coun·ter·sug·ges·tion | \ˌkau̇n-tər-səg-ˈjes-chən, -sə-ˈjes-, -ˈjesh-\
variants: or less commonly counter-suggestion
plural countersuggestions also counter-suggestions

Definition of countersuggestion 

1 : an opposing or alternative suggestion The politicians have also hit on the rather cunning counter-suggestion that the political correspondents who write about them, and the newspaper proprietors whose organs criticize them, should also come clean.Punch

2a psychology : a suggestion made (as by a therapist) to an individual with the intention of getting the individual to say or do the opposite of what is suggested also : a suggestion that challenges a belief in order to evaluate the strength of the belief by the reaction elicited

b psychology : a method of psychotherapy that uses countersuggestions

c : a suggestion made (as by a hypnotist) to an individual who is under hypnosis in order to cause a change in the individual's thoughts or behavior

First Known Use of countersuggestion

1842 , in the meaning defined at sense 1

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