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counterterrorism Syllabification: coun·ter·ter·ror·ism
Pronunciation: /ˌkoun(t)ərˈterərizəm/

Definition of counterterrorism in English:


Political or military activities designed to prevent or thwart terrorism.
Example sentences
  • His current research is about the role of intelligence in multinational counterterrorism activities.
  • Funding for elite counterterrorism units has also been ramped up.
  • Would he be reporting directly to the head of the national counterterrorism unit?



Pronunciation: /ˌkoun(t)ərˈterərist/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • He champions better directed counterterrorist efforts, encouraging the participation of friendly states.
  • Imaging data can also allow terrorists to view counterterrorist activities at a target site.
  • So it is correct to say that they all can't be policemen and they all can't be counterterrorists.

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