verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of countervail
Examples from the Web for countervail
One question is, can I countervail the burden I shall be, by such help to you as I can afford?Diana of the Crossways, Complete|George Meredith
This Warner, this—in short, the lesser magician hath been aided and cockered to countervail the greater, as I forewarned.The Last Of The Barons, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
If I thought of it at all, it was as the agent of a necessity which I could not countervail.Confession|W. Gilmore Simms
Her object being to countervail the design of her husband, she instantly commences a system of manoeuvring to carry her point.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I|Francis Augustus Cox
And to countervail this, it has been laid down by nature, that the men who have something to say don't say it.
British Dictionary definitions for countervail
Word Origin for countervail
Word Origin and History for countervail
late 14c., "to be worth as much as," also "to prevail against," from Anglo-French countrevaloir, Old French contrevaloir "to be effective against, be comparable to," from Latin phrase contra valere "to be worth against" (see contra- and valiant). Related: Countervailing.