[koun-ter-uh-fen-siv, koun-ter-uh-fen-] /ˌkaʊn tər əˈfɛn sɪv, ˈkaʊn tər əˌfɛn-/

noun, Military.
an attack by an army against an attacking enemy force.
a series of attacks by a defending force against an attacking enemy


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