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1. An argument in opposition to another.
2. Something that undermines an argument or deters someone from action: The large number of police provided a powerful counterargument to riotous behavior.


(ˈkaʊn tərˌɑr gyə mənt)

a contrasting, opposing, or refuting argument.
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Noun1.counterargument - an argument offered in opposition to another argument
argument, statement - a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; "it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
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Especially useful is an argument chart giving several examples of argument, evidence, explanation, counterargument, and rebuttal.
A second reason that so many people accept Bush's leadership is that no counterargument has come from the opposition party.
This chapter, combined with the second essay in section 2 (on the RMA debate) and Hew Strachan's recent article in Survival on the co-optation of the concept of strategy, constitutes a devastating counterargument to many of the core assumptions of current American strategic thought, in both academe and the policy world.
The counterargument is that criminalizing it puts it in the same category as harder drugs, which makes it more likely for people to abuse them.
The counterargument is that time is actually working against the Iranians, because the P5+1 have made no promise that they would remove major sanctions if Iran agreed to export its existing stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent.
of Miami and focusing on issue-spotter essay exams, he details a method for writing better answers that focuses on the issue, the rule, analysis, counterargument, rebuttal, and conclusion.
Coffin put off a decision and, instead, offered attorneys an additional two weeks to submit briefs on court interpretations of a particular statute, followed by an additional week to submit a counterargument to the other side's brief.
There is doubtless a mathematical counterargument that says by settling on five places you are going overbroke on the place book.
He rebuts the common counterargument that it is the overall system--man, room, rule book--that understands Chinese.
A more general version of the counterargument is then given.
However, there is a counterargument on which the Vatican pins its hopes: the Sudanese government, knowing that it cannot win a military victory in the south, really wants peace.
He's been trotting out this line for years now and it's important that the counterargument is aired before people start believing he's right.