- to act in opposition to; frustrate by contrary action.
Origin of counteract
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neutralize, counterbalance, contravene, thwart.
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Examples from the Web for counteractive
No counteractive effect to this prepossession was to be found in contemporary opinion in Europe.Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812
Alfred Thayer Mahan
But, along with so many incentives to excess, were there no counteractive agencies at work?Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England
Richard Valpy French
The counteractive of a false spiritualism is found in the incarnate life of the Son of God.The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians
G. G. Findlay
- (tr) to oppose, neutralize, or mitigate the effects of by contrary action; check
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Word Origin and History for counteractive
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