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’
    • ‘Making vaguely related assertions in response to an argument is not a counter-argument.’
    • ‘A counter-argument comes from the Argentinian, Borges, who claimed to be puzzled by his huge North American reputation.’
    • ‘There is a counter-argument: that the test of an effective legislature may not only be in its legislation.’
    • ‘This kind of logic lies behind all conspiracy theories, with their infuriating imperviousness to counter-argument.’
    • ‘A very real counter-argument is that the risk was revealed by the high return.’
    • ‘There are a lot of counterarguments to using more labor in China.’
    • ‘The counter-arguments are based on conceptions of social welfare.’
    • ‘In what follows, consideration will be given to the six most important of the counter-arguments.’
    • ‘Despite the absence of backup from a large multinational, there are counter-arguments that give cause for hope.’
    • ‘Bishop provides a succinct formulation of the counter-argument.’
    • ‘Of course some of the counter-arguments raised in this thread don't necessarily hold water either.’
    • ‘There's also a counter-argument that some may feel wins the day.’
    • ‘Multimedia ultimately makes its own best counterargument by choosing an inaugural address by Wagner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In response, apologists have fallen back on four counter-arguments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That is why the best counter-argument he can offer is almost incoherent.’
    • ‘There is one important counterargument raised, perhaps not surprisingly, by my wife.’

Pronunciation

counterargument

/ˈkaʊntəˌɑːɡjʊm(ə)nt/