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[koun-ter-in-sur-juh n-see] /ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈsɜr dʒən si/
noun, plural counterinsurgencies.
a program or an act of combating guerrilla warfare and subversion.
of, relating to, or designed for combating guerrilla warfare and subversion:
counterinsurgency funds.
Origin of counterinsurgency
1960-65; counter- + insurgency
Related forms
counterinsurgent, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for counterinsurgency
  • Conventional counterinsurgency thinking tries to get into the heads of rebels by understanding their motivations and methods.
  • The silliness of the plot may reflect on the difficultly of creating movies about counterinsurgency.
  • It went from development to counterinsurgency to counterterrorism to counterinsurgency again.
  • But with counterinsurgency tactics headway has been made.
  • Each country is fighting active counterinsurgency campaigns inside its own territory.
  • It's worth emphasizing here that humane treatment of prisoners is considered a cornerstone of effective counterinsurgency.
  • It's one of several efforts efforts designed to free up uniformed troops for combat and counterinsurgency work.
  • Good policing is one of the fundamentals of successful counterinsurgency.
  • Examines how counterinsurgency leadership has often meant the difference between success and failure.
  • The regiment has had similar successes preparing units to deploy into combat for the counterinsurgency fight.
British Dictionary definitions for counterinsurgency


action taken by a government to counter the activities of rebels, guerrillas, etc
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Word Origin and History for counterinsurgency

1962, from counter- + insurgency.

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counterinsurgency in Culture

counterinsurgency definition

Military power applied in guerrilla warfare in support of the established government.

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