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[koun-ter-mezh-er] /ˈkaʊn tərˌmɛʒ ər/
an opposing, offsetting, or retaliatory measure.
Origin of countermeasure
1920-25; counter- + measure Unabridged
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Examples from the web for countermeasure
  • But a different type of countermeasure could be even more effective.
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  • As a countermeasure, camp brothels were set up, and the task of punishment was delegated to specially selected prisoners.
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  • The manual contains a table of typical accident situations keyed to individually numbered countermeasure or guide sheets.
  • No such countermeasure is perfectly dependable as a preservative.
British Dictionary definitions for countermeasure


action taken to oppose, neutralize, or retaliate against some other action
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Word Origin and History for countermeasure

1923, from counter- + measure (n.).

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