noun Date: 15th century 1. one of two corresponding copies of a legal instrument ; duplicate 2. a. a thing that fits another perfectly b. something that completes ; complement 3. a. one remarkably similar to another b. one having the same function or characteristics as another <
college presidents and their counterparts in business

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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 — 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… …   Modern English usage

  • 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

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