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[koun-ter-pahrt] /ˈkaʊn tərˌpɑrt/
a person or thing closely resembling another, especially in function:
Our president is the counterpart of your prime minister.
a copy; duplicate.
Law. a duplicate or copy of an indenture.
one of two parts that fit, complete, or complement one another.
Origin of counterpart
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see counter-, part Unabridged
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  • In dry form, they're usually less expensive than their organic counterparts.
  • If those students go on to college, they are more likely than their white counterparts to be the first in their families to do so.
  • There is a regional variation, with inland areas being cooler in winter and warmer in summer than their coastal counterparts.
  • It is possible, however, that some university presses will prove more resilient than their commercial counterparts.
  • White athletes also tended to cluster, although not to the same degree as their minority counterparts.
  • But despite appearing to be more widely read, the free articles were no more likely to be cited than their counterparts.
  • Public colleges tend to offer less in salaries than their private counterparts do.
  • For years, the sophisticated play of professional teams trickled down to their college and high school counterparts.
  • The indie filmmakers are taking a different tactic than their commercial counterparts.
  • They work through the night, continuing to do science while their human counterparts sleep.
British Dictionary definitions for counterparts


a person or thing identical to or closely resembling another
one of two parts that complement or correspond to each other
a person acting opposite another in a play
a duplicate, esp of a legal document; copy
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Word Origin and History for counterparts



mid-15c., originally countre part "duplicate of a legal document," from Middle French contrepartie, from contre "facing, opposite" (see contra-) + partie "copy of a person or thing," originally fem. past participle of partir "to divide" (see party (n.)).

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