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A large-scale counterattack by an armed force, intended to stop an enemy offensive.
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(Military) a series of attacks by a defending force against an attacking enemy
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coun•ter•of•fen•sive(ˌkaʊn tər əˈfɛn sɪv, ˈkaʊn tər əˌfɛn-)
an attack by an army against an attacking enemy force.
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A large scale offensive undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from the attacking force. See also counterattack.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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|Noun||1.||counteroffensive - a large scale offensive (more than a counterattack) undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from an attacking force|
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counteroffensive[ˈkaʊntərəˌfɛnsɪv] n → controffensiva
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