coun·​ter·​sug·​ges·​tion | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-səg-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce countersuggestion (audio) , -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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“Countersuggestion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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