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 (koun′tər-ô′fər, -ŏf′ər)
An offer made in return by one who rejects an unsatisfactory offer.


(Commerce) a response to a bid in which a seller amends his original offer, making it more favourable to the buyer


(ˈkaʊn tərˌɔ fər, -ˌɒf ər)

an offer or proposal made to offset or substitute for an earlier offer made by another.
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Noun1.counteroffer - an offer made by someone who has rejected a prior offer
offering, offer - something offered (as a proposal or bid); "noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds"
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The original proponent, however, has the option to submit a counteroffer to win the challenge.
The government has failed to comply with the negotiation requirement by failing to produce a counteroffer.
From the employee weighing a public-sector offer against an exciting counteroffer at the current employer:
The former actress responded by asking for six-million-dollar, part counteroffer, part slow torture of her former tormentor, saying, "I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three.
60, on word that it is mulling a counteroffer on a deleveraging plan which would relinquish equity--something it has been resistant to until now.
Provided that the municipality of Leiden is always free to request a counteroffer from third parties and, if necessary, to allow these third parties to make the replacement.
According to the lease, Black Angus was required to submit a counteroffer stating its opinion of fair market rent.
11) If the acceptance is not a mirror image of the offer, it rejects the initial offer and operates as a counteroffer.
Accepting a counteroffer creates high expectations on both sides.
Department of Energy and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden made public by Wasden show that the federal agency balked at a counteroffer Wasden made seeking a way around the malfunctioning Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at the Idaho National Laboratory.
But Simon Cowell has thrown a spanner in the works by making a counteroffer.
When you tender your resignation, it's quite possible that your employer will make you a counteroffer with increased pay or a promotion in a bid to get you to stay with the company.