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English definition of “counter”

counter

adverb     /ˈkaʊn.tər/ US  /-t̬ɚ/
C2 in a way that opposes something: Bob's decision not to take the job ran counter to his family's expectations.Opposing and against
(Definition of counter adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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