[verb koun-ter-mand, -mahnd, koun-ter-mand, -mahnd; noun koun-ter-mand, -mahnd]
- to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc.).
- to recall or stop by a contrary order.
- a command, order, etc., revoking a previous one.
Origin of countermand
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1. rescind, abrogate, overrule, recall.
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Examples from the Web for countermand
I told thee my reasons for not going in search of a letter of countermand.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
There is no power in France that can countermand the execution of a sentence of the law.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Washington received them courteously, but did not consent to countermand the march.
Marshall and Bradford yielded, and consented to countermand the order of rendezvous.
Fears of a countermand were said to have hastened their departure.Sir Walter Ralegh
- to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc)
- to order (forces, etc) to return or retreat; recall
- a command revoking another
C15: from Old French contremander, from contre- counter- + mander to command, from Latin mandāre; see mandate
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Word Origin and History for countermand
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