[ verb koun-ter-mand, -mahnd, koun-ter-mand, -mahnd; noun koun-ter-mand, -mahnd ]
/ verb ˌkaʊn tərˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd, ˈkaʊn tərˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd; noun ˈkaʊn tərˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd /

verb (used with object)

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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM countermand

coun·ter·mand·a·ble, adjectiveun·coun·ter·mand·a·ble, adjectiveun·coun·ter·mand·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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