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Language: Old French
Origin: contre-, from contre; COUNTER3

counter-

prefix
     
counter-
1 the opposite of something:
a counterproductive thing to do (=producing results opposite to what you wanted)
2 done or given as a reaction to something, especially to oppose it:
claims and counterclaims
3XX matching something:
my counterpart in the American system (=someone who has the same job that I have)

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