countermand

[verb koun-ter-mand, -mahnd, koun-ter-mand, -mahnd; noun koun-ter-mand, -mahnd]

verb (used with object)

to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc.).
to recall or stop by a contrary order.

noun

a command, order, etc., revoking a previous one.

Nearby words

  1. counterirritant,
  2. counterirritation,
  3. counterjumper,
  4. counterlight,
  5. counterman,
  6. countermarch,
  7. countermark,
  8. countermeasure,
  9. countermelody,
  10. countermigration

Origin of countermand

1375–1425; late Middle English countermaunden < Anglo-French countermander < Middle French contremander, equivalent to contre- counter- + mander to command < Latin mandāre; see mandate

Related formscoun·ter·mand·a·ble, adjectiveun·coun·ter·mand·a·ble, adjectiveun·coun·ter·mand·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for countermand

countermand

verb (ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːnd) (tr)

to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc)
to order (forces, etc) to return or retreat; recall

noun (ˈkaʊntəˌmɑːnd)

a command revoking another

Word Origin for countermand

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

countermand

v.

early 15c., from Old French contremander "reverse an order or command" (13c.), from contre- "against" (see contra-) + mander, from Latin mandare "to order" (see mandate (n.)). Related: Countermanded; countermanding.

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