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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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  • It is identical in texture and has a cleaner, more esteemed flavor than its wild counterpart.
  • Where the natural world is dry, its supernatural counterpart is the opposite.
  • If there's an arts and humanities counterpart to the science operation, it is well concealed.
  • The western counterpart of the tree swallow, the violet-green swallow has narrower wings and a shorter tail.
  • The interval between one note and its counterpart in the next cycle is called an octave.
  • Generally, the app is slower than its web-based counterpart.
  • They found that in each case the value of the wild land far outweighed that of its altered counterpart.
  • Back in the great hall, an older priest waves a giant wand-essentially a mop of white parchment streamers-over his counterpart.
  • But the impact of positive online contact appears to be less than its offline counterpart.
  • The fossil bat had a similar groove in its elbow as its modern counterpart.
British Dictionary definitions for counterpart


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 counterpart

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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