[noun koun-ter-bal-uh ns; verb koun-ter-bal-uh ns]
- a weight balancing another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise.
- to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.
Origin of counterbalance
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2. correct, countervail, rectify, balance.
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Examples from the Web for counterbalance
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Like it or not, some companies will need to function as a counterbalance if publishers are to survive as a species.Why Random and Penguin Must Merge—And When They Almost Did
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So to counterbalance the Court's criticism of our ancestors, let me say a word in their praise: they left us free to change.Supremes Won't Save GOP From Itself on Obamacare
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He used their weight to counterbalance them, each with one foot on the ground.Europe's Dangerous Sex Craze
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In places our combined efforts could but just counterbalance the strength of the current.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Something must be done to counterbalance this certain loss to the Confederates.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
But the gift of life to the young is ever a counterbalance to every evil that is less than death.Fardorougha, The Miser
We must allow it to counterbalance breaches of ordinary courtesy.The Tragic Comedians, Complete
But if she works for me she will more than counterbalance the fact that I am a stranger to the town.The Day of Judgment
- a weight or force that balances or offsets another
- to act as a counterbalance
Also called: counterpoise
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Word Origin and History for counterbalance
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