counterpart


counterpart
counterpart
means ‘the equivalent of a person or thing in another place or system’. It can refer to many aspects of similarity but principally has to do with function and behaviour, and is typically preceded by a possessive word:

• Southern schools are now more integrated than their northern counterparts —Times, 1974

• With the same power at his elbow as his Continental counterpart the British car assembly worker produces only half as much output per shift —M. Edwardes, 1983.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • counterpart — coun·ter·part / kau̇n tər ˌpärt/ n: one of two corresponding or duplicate copies of a legal instrument Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. counterpart …   Law dictionary

  • counterpart — coun‧ter‧part [ˈkaʊntəpɑːt ǁ tərpɑːrt] noun [countable] someone or something that has the same job or purpose as someone or something in a different place: • American chief executives are paid far more than their counterparts in the UK. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • Counterpart — Coun ter*part (koun t[ e]r*p[aum]rt ), n. 1. A part corresponding to another part; anything which answers, or corresponds, to another; a copy; a duplicate; a facsimile. [1913 Webster] In same things the laws of Normandy agreed with the laws of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counterpart — theory …   Philosophy dictionary

  • counterpart — mid 15c., originally countre part duplicate of a legal document, from M.Fr. contrepartie, from contre facing, opposite (see CONTRA (Cf. contra )) + partie copy of a person or thing, originally fem. pp. of partir to divide (see PARTY (Cf. party)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • counterpart — correlate, *parallel, analogue Analogous words: *complement, supplement: duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica, *reproduction Contrasted words: antithesis, opposite, contradictory (see under OPPOSITE adj) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • counterpart — [n] match; identical part or thing analogue, carbon copy*, complement, copy, correlate, correlative, correspondent, dead ringer*, ditto*, doppelganger, duplicate, equal, equivalent, fellow, like, look alike, mate, obverse, opposite, opposite… …   New thesaurus

  • counterpart — ► NOUN ▪ a person or thing that corresponds to or has the same function as another …   English terms dictionary

  • counterpart — [kount′ərpärt΄] n. [ME countrepart: see COUNTER & PART2] 1. a person or thing that corresponds to or closely resembles another, as in form or function 2. a thing which, when added to another, completes or complements it 3. a copy or duplicate, as …   English World dictionary

  • counterpart — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ direct ▪ the difficulty of translating terms with no direct counterpart in the other language ▪ modern ▪ the modern counterparts of those medieval writers ▪ female …   Collocations dictionary