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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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I was testing her if she could present a counterargument.
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The counterargument is that the FBI, like the CIA, might benefit from having a director with the political skills to protect the agency.
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One counterargument is that administrative adjudication is actually very fair.
The Northampton hooker's extensive record of disciplinary problems is the biggest counterargument, but that is a question Jones will address at a later date.
Rushdie turns to Ibn Rushd to wage the counterargument.