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noun, plural counterinsurgencies.
a program or an act of combating guerrilla warfare and subversion.
of, pertaining to, or designed for combating guerrilla warfare and subversion: counterinsurgency funds.

1960–65; counter- + insurgency

counterinsurgent, noun, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
counterinsurgency (ˌkaʊntərɪnˈsɜːdʒənsɪ)
action taken by a government to counter the activities of rebels, guerrillas, etc

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Word Origin & History

1962, from counter- + insurgency.
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Cultural Dictionary

counterinsurgency definition

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

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Example sentences
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.
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