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[noun koun-ter-chek; verb koun-ter-chek]
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  1. a check that opposes or restrains.
  2. a check controlling or confirming another check.
verb (used with object)
  1. to oppose or restrain (a tendency, force, trend, etc.) by contrary action.
  2. to control or confirm by a second check.

Origin of countercheck

First recorded in 1550–60; counter- + check1
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Examples from the Web for countercheck

Historical Examples

  • The beautiful simplicity of the countercheck aroused Matt's admiration.

    Motor Matt's Air Ship

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • The retort courteous, if not even the countercheck quarrelsome, "Then why do you notice it?"

  • Its use as a countercheck in this Order is best exemplified in the common water-beetle (Dytiscus marginalis).

  • The 80th captured the gun; and the enemy, dismayed by this countercheck, did not venture to press on further.

  • That word fell on his ear for the first time from a white man's lips, and the stupefaction of it was a countercheck to his grief.

British Dictionary definitions for countercheck


noun (ˈkaʊntəˌtʃɛk)
  1. a check or restraint, esp one that acts in opposition to another
  2. a restraint that reinforces another restraint
  3. a double check, as for accuracy
verb (ˌkaʊntəˈtʃɛk) (tr)
  1. to oppose by counteraction
  2. to control or restrain by a second check
  3. to double-check
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