Friday, January 11, 2002
countervail transitive verb [kown-tur-VAYL] To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract.
Definitions for countervail
- To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract.
- To compensate for; to offset; to furnish or serve as an equivalent to.
- To exert force against an opposing, often bad, influence or power.
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Citations for countervail
In spite of its keel's weight, and even without the countervailing underwater resistance of its mast, Dubois's boat seemed comfortably stable upside down.
The failure also tended to countervail his undoubted gifts as an international negotiator and his achievements as Foreign Secretary.