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COUNTER, Eng. law. The name of an ancient prison in the city of London, which has now been demolished.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Because of what he learned there, McGuinty said that Grier's announcement runs counter to the continental trend.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Mar 14 (ANI): The United States has said that the failure to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist "runs counter" to Washington and China's goal of regional stability and peace.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi blasted a Canadian court's recognition of the US courts' rulings against the Islamic Republic in absentia, and said the US move runs counter to the international judicial norms.
This utilitarian, even somber, coloration, coupled with a support gently buckled into lethargic, arrhythmic waves, creates a visual calmness and uniformity that runs counter to the colorful, animated chaos of the drawings.
Noting that the main action of Samson Agonistes documents no "regenerative process" in its hero--a statement that runs counter to most criticism of the play--Wood speculates that "for Samson, recognition [that is, tragic anagnorisis] will seem to come instantaneously at the moment of death.
Wilkinson ruling runs counter to several other federal court decisions upholding RLUIPA.
Everything Jesus taught runs counter to the Gospel of Self-esteem.
This ruling runs counter to constitutional precedent; under the U.S.
Judge Richard Bohanon ruled against a provision included in a lease Trinity signed with Boo.com for space at 435 Hudson St., saying it runs counter to bankruptcy code policies.
They imply that a river can be a lesser stream than its tributary, which runs counter to any plausible definition of tributary.
Strange as it seems - and at first you imagine as a foreigner that this is part of the natural perversity of the country - the orientation runs counter to the history of Darwin's development.
All this is fairly obvious, and has been demonstrated repeatedly over the last sixty years, but it runs counter to the prevailing metaphors--and to the dire prescriptions on which they are based.