plural noun

coun·​ter·​tac·​tics ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈtak-tiks How to pronounce countertactics (audio)
variants or counter-tactics
plural in construction : the actions, methods, or strategies used to counter an opponent
Wellington knew that he had to find the countertactics that would deny Napoleon their operational benefits in battle.Alan Forrest
… the computer system that now allows New York police to pinpoint the location of every serious crime and focus their countertactics.Tom Morganthau and Vern E. Smith
Negotiators have developed countertactics to reduce their vulnerability when opponents mislead about their beliefs and preferences.
usually singular in construction : the science, art, or skill of countering an opponent's tactics
a master of countertactics

Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of countertactics was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Countertactics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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