An offer made in response to a previous offer during contract negotiations. The counteroffer rejects the previous offer and simultaneously makes a different offer, changing the terms in some way. For example, if a buyer offers $500 for a used computer and the seller replies that he wants $600, the seller has rejected the original offer and made a counteroffer. Legally, a counteroffer voids an earlier offer, so that if the seller later decided that $500 was an acceptable price after all, the buyer would be under no legal obligation to complete the sale.

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