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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.
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(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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Finally, we affirm the court's denial of the investors' motion for leave to amend the dismissed racketeering and intentional misrepresentation claims, because the investors fail to address, in their reply brief, the counterargument raised by the defendants in their response brief.
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The counterargument is Pakistan and India had not declared active war, so Abhinandan was not a POW.
Once they've made up their mind about a counterargument, this person would have stopped listening fairly early on, and be only waiting for a chance to present their perspective.
said Izetbegovic by posing a question as a counterargument.
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counterargument to Soviet propaganda was the implementation of meaningful steps toward civil rights, such as the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.