coun·​ter·​threat ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌthret How to pronounce counterthreat (audio)
variants or counter-threat
plural counterthreats or counter-threats
: a threat intended to combat or prevent another threat
In arrangements that endured until about a dozen years ago, the Bundesbank negotiated in effect by threat and counterthreat with the largest trade union.James K. Galbraith
counterthreat adjective
or counter-threat
a counterthreat team
counter-threat operations

Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterthreat was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Counterthreat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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