counterlife

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From counter- +‎ life.

Noun[edit]

counterlife (plural counterlives)

  1. A counterfactual life; a life other than the one actually lived.
    • 1991, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish year book, 1991 - Volume 91[1], ISBN 0827604025, page 68:
      More often, they simply struggle with their own counterlives.
    • 2004, Stranded in the Present[2]:
      Introducing difference into the flow of time, it suggested the possibility of counterlives in the present.
    • 2005, Jay L. Halio, Turning Up the Flame: Philip Roth's Later Novels[3], ISBN 0874139023, page 125:
      He is hailed by postmodernists for his fictive propositions and counterlives.