Definition of counterargument in English:

counterargument

noun

  • An argument or set of reasons put forward to oppose an idea or theory developed in another argument:

    ‘the obvious counterargument to that dire prediction is that the recession has depressed earnings’
    • ‘Despite the absence of backup from a large multinational, there are counter-arguments that give cause for hope.’
    • ‘This kind of logic lies behind all conspiracy theories, with their infuriating imperviousness to counter-argument.’
    • ‘In what follows, consideration will be given to the six most important of the counter-arguments.’
    • ‘Bishop provides a succinct formulation of the counter-argument.’
    • ‘They are not disproved by counter-arguments of the Kantian sort, any more than they are proved by those of the Newtonians.’
    • ‘To avoid mistake, with equal care he records the counter-arguments.’
    • ‘The counter-arguments are based on conceptions of social welfare.’
    • ‘A very real counter-argument is that the risk was revealed by the high return.’
    • ‘There is one important counterargument raised, perhaps not surprisingly, by my wife.’
    • ‘There are a lot of counterarguments to using more labor in China.’
    • ‘In response, apologists have fallen back on four counter-arguments.’
    • ‘Making vaguely related assertions in response to an argument is not a counter-argument.’
    • ‘There's also a counter-argument that some may feel wins the day.’
    • ‘Of course some of the counter-arguments raised in this thread don't necessarily hold water either.’
    • ‘That is why the best counter-argument he can offer is almost incoherent.’
    • ‘Multimedia ultimately makes its own best counterargument by choosing an inaugural address by Wagner.’
    • ‘There is a counter-argument: that the test of an effective legislature may not only be in its legislation.’
    • ‘He was referring to my counter-argument about the efficacy of low-carbohydrate diets.’
    • ‘There are three counterarguments to the above objection, all of which support the "content is not king" thesis.’
    • ‘A counter-argument comes from the Argentinian, Borges, who claimed to be puzzled by his huge North American reputation.’

Pronunciation

counterargument

/ˈkaʊntəˌɑːɡjʊm(ə)nt/