countervalue

adjective
coun·​ter·​val·​ue | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈval-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce countervalue (audio) \
variants: or counter-value

Definition of countervalue

: being or relating to military activity that is focused on attacking targets of civilian value (such as major population centers) In the cold parlance of nuclear strategy, targeting an adversary's population is known as a countervalue strategy; the name arises because live people are considered to have value, something a country would not want to lose.— Richard Wolfson — compare counterforce entry 2

First Known Use of countervalue

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Countervalue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countervalue. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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