counterpower (plural counterpowers)
- A political power capable of challenging and potentially removing the power of another.
2011, Tim Gee, Counterpower, page 17:
- In the hands of the few power can be called oppression, repression, exploitation or authoritarianism. Meanwhile movements for freedom, emancipation, liberation, human rights and democracy have a common idea at their heart. That idea is Counterpower.
- 2005, Christian Barry, Thomas Winfried Menko Pogge, Global institutions and responsibilities: achieving global justice (page 182)
- A fifth step must be taken if the project of empire is to be defeated — namely, the emergence of effective counterpowers within the world community, able to balance the superpower of the United States...