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counter- +‎ power


counterpower (plural counterpowers)

  1. 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...