countermand [ verb koun-ter- mand, - mahnd, koun-ter-mand, -mahnd; noun koun-ter-mand, -mahnd] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for countermand on Thesaurus.com 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
Middle French contremander,
to command <
mandate Related forms coun·ter·mand·a·ble, adjective un·coun·ter·mand·a·ble, adjective un·coun·ter·mand·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for countermand Historical Examples of countermand
I told thee my reasons for not going in search of a letter of
There is no power in France that can
countermand the execution of a sentence of the law.
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. 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 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 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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