a weight used as a counterbalance.

verb (used with object)

to balance or equip with a counterweight.

Origin of counterweight

First recorded in 1685–95; counter- + weight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of counterweight

  • There is the fact that in many of these states Democratic legislatures are entrenched, and voters are looking for a counterweight.

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    Return of the Northeastern Republican

    David Freedlander

    November 4, 2014

  • Historically, the former Soviet Union has been a counterweight to the United States.

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  • This would leave the Afghan Taliban intact as a counterweight to Indian influence in Afghanistan.

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    What Did Pakistan Know?

    John R. Schmidt

    May 17, 2011

  • We at The Daily Beast seek to provide a counterweight to all this sanctimony.

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    December 19, 2010

  • Perhaps to counterweight the Sturm und Drang of the script, there was considerable laughter and lightheartedness on the set.

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    Liz Taylor's Secret Life

    William J. Mann

    October 19, 2009

Historical Examples of counterweight

British Dictionary definitions for counterweight



a counterbalancing weight, influence, or force
Derived Formscounterweighted, adjective
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