Definition of counterpart in English:



  • 1A person or thing holding a position or performing a function that corresponds to that of another person or thing in another place.

    ‘the minister held talks with his French counterpart’
    • ‘Strengthening risk management and financial infrastructure also had a legal counterpart in private law.’
    • ‘It seems that we have opposite tendencies to our counterparts in the social sciences.’
    • ‘They felt completely at home with their counterparts in Paris and London.’
    • ‘His counterpart Alex McLeish, was similarly honest, and critical of his player.’
    • ‘Yorkston has no objection to their plans in principle, and suspects that many of his counterparts may be of a similar mind.’
    • ‘Regional arrangements can be easier to draft than their international counterparts.’
    • ‘After five years and two degrees, my male counterparts will be earning more than me, earlier than me.’
    • ‘Strange's decision to adopt the opposite tactic appears to play into his counterpart's hands.’
    • ‘The aim of the council is to mirror the actions and functions of its adult counterpart and to get the young people interested in politics.’
    • ‘Does he find teenage girls tend to express their rage differently than their male counterparts?’
    • ‘The women's third eleven lost a hard fought match against their Cambridge counterparts.’
    • ‘The people of Swindon are being challenged to get active tomorrow by their counterparts in Polish twin city Torun.’
    • ‘We need the support of our male counterparts not their fierce opposition.’
    • ‘Among the many differences that set folk musicians apart from their pop counterparts is longevity.’
    • ‘But while Edinburgh is booming, it is a different story for its transatlantic counterpart.’
    • ‘Reviewing children's theatre is a whole different ball game compared to its adult counterpart.’
    • ‘Professional sociology differs from its lay counterpart here in a number of ways.’
    • ‘British pig farmers find it difficult to compete on equal terms with their European counterparts, she says.’
    • ‘The clothes the actresses wear are noticeably different from their Western counterparts.’
    • ‘In this regard, the Indian shopper appears to be very similar to his Chinese counterpart.’
    equivalent, opposite number, peer, equal, parallel, complement, match, twin, mate, fellow, brother, sister, analogue, correlative
    copy, duplicate
    compeer, coequal
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  • 2Law
    One of two or more copies of a legal document.

    • ‘The discrepancy between the lease and the counterpart was not noticed at the time.’
    • ‘The deviation resulted because the counterparts held by me did not include Computer's signatures.’
    • ‘First s.7 has no counterpart in the Directive and can neither be used to construe it or to judge its effect.’
    copy, carbon copy, carbon, photocopy, facsimile, mimeo, mimeograph, reprint
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