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[koun-ter-pahrt] /ˈkaʊn tərˌpɑrt/

a person or thing closely resembling another, especially in function:
Our president is the counterpart of your prime minister.
a copy; duplicate.
Law. a duplicate or copy of an indenture.
one of two that fit, complete, or complement one another.
a person or thing identical to or closely resembling another
one of two parts that complement or correspond to each other
a person acting opposite another in a play
a duplicate, esp of a legal document; copy

mid-15c., originally countre part “duplicate of a legal document,” from Middle French contrepartie, from contre “facing, opposite” (see contra-) + partie “copy of a person or thing,” originally fem. past participle of partir “to divide” (see party (n.)).


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