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The prefix gegen

Noun-to-noun prefixation

The prefix gegen usually means entgegengesetzt, gegenüber:

gegen + Beweis = Gegenbeweis
Pol Gegenpol
Verkehr Gegenverkehr
All derivations

gegen is only added to nouns.
Verbs such as gegensteuern, gegenreden are considered colloquial shortened forms of verb compounds formed with the adverb dagegen.

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