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In contract law, a proposal made in response to an original offer modifying its terms, but which has the legal effect of rejecting it.

A counteroffer normally terminates the original offer, but the original offer remains open for acceptance if the counteroffer expressly provides that the counteroffer shall not constitute a rejection of the offer.

The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)—a body of law adopted by the states that governs commercial transactions—modifies this principle of contract law with respect to the sale of goods by providing that the "additional terms are to be construed as proposals for addition to the contract."


noun casus foederis, contractual terms, counterbid, counterclause, counterconditions, counterlimitation, countermeasure, counterplan, counterproposal, counterproposition, counterqualification, counterrecommendation, counterreservation, counterstipulation, hard bargaining, negotiation, new offer, part of the bargain, responsive offer, set of terms, terms proposed
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It should do -- most employees who accept counter offers leave within six to 12 months.
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Vendors that participate in reverse auctions benefit by seeing their competitors' bids (without knowing the identify of the bidder) and having the opportunity to submit counter offers to better compete in a transparent market environment, significantly improving their chances to secure the business.
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