Definition of crosscurrent
1 : a current running counter to the general forward direction
2 : a conflicting tendency —usually used in plural political crosscurrents
Recent Examples of crosscurrent from the Web
Fed policymakers are trying to make sense of other economic crosscurrents as well.
These crosscurrents of connection add up to a consonance that might almost be mythic.
The concept of trustworthy journalism is right up there in the churning crosscurrents.
Margin debt climbed to a record high in February, a fresh sign of bullishness for flummoxed investors trying to navigate the political and economic crosscurrents driving markets.
The unusual case has complex legal and emotional crosscurrents, and those officially charged with assessing Ryan’s well-being have come to opposite conclusions.
Set mostly in 2011, the play’s crosscurrents still roil and resonate: wartime grief and guilt, health-care failures, communal complexity and unity.
All of Systema Solar’s eclecticism has a point: Colombia, as much as any other country in the internet era, is aware and in touch, affecting, and affected by, every global crosscurrent: musical, technological, economic.
Mr. Obama’s hectic schedule captured the diplomatic, political and security crosscurrents.
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First Known Use of crosscurrent
CROSSCURRENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of crosscurrent for English Language Learners
: a current of water that flows against or across the main current
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