countervalue

adjective coun·ter·val·ue \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈval-(ˌ)yü \
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 2counterforce

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