Countermand Coun`ter*mand" (koun`t[~e]r*m[.a]nd"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Countermanded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Countermanding}.] [F. contremander; contre (L. contra) + mander to command, fr. L. mandare. Cf. {Mandate}.] 1. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given; as, to countermand an order for goods. [1913 Webster]

2. To prohibit; to forbid. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Avicen countermands letting blood in choleric bodies. --Harvey. [1913 Webster]

3. To oppose; to revoke the command of. [1913 Webster]

For us to alter anything, is to lift ourselves against God; and, as it were, to countermand him. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Countermand — Coun ter*mand (koun t[ e]r*m[.a]nd), n. A contrary order; revocation of a former order or command. [1913 Webster] Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, But he must die to morrow? Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • countermand — I noun abolishment, abolition, abrogation, annulment, ban, cancellation, counterorder, defeasance, disallowance, invalidation, nullification, prohibition, recall, recantation, repeal, repudiation, rescindment, rescission, retraction, reversal,… …   Law dictionary

  • countermand — coun‧ter‧mand [ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːnd, ˈkaʊntəmɑːnd ǁ ˌkaʊntərˈmænd] verb [transitive] to officially tell people to ignore an instruction, order etc: • The appeal countermanded a decision by the Federal Transportation Authority that the new system was… …   Financial and business terms

  • countermand — early 15c., from O.Fr. contremander reverse an order or command (13c.), from contre against (see CONTRA (Cf. contra )) + mander, from L. mandare to order (see MANDATE (Cf. mandate)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • countermand — [v] annul, cancel a command override, recall, repeal, rescind, retract, retreat, reverse, revoke; concepts 50,53,88 Ant. allow, approve, permit, sanction …   New thesaurus

  • countermand — ► VERB 1) revoke (an order). 2) declare (voting) invalid. ORIGIN Latin contramandare, from mandare to order …   English terms dictionary

  • countermand — [kount΄ər mand′; ] also, and for n.always [, kount′ər mand΄] vt. [ME contremaunden < OFr contremander < L contra, against + mandare: see MANDATE] 1. to cancel or revoke (a command or order) 2. to call back or order back by a contrary order… …   English World dictionary

  • countermand — [[t]ka͟ʊntə(r)mɑ͟ːnd, mæ̱nd[/t]] countermands, countermanding, countermanded VERB If you countermand an order, you cancel it, usually by giving a different order. [FORMAL] [V n] I can t countermand an order Winger s given. Syn: reverse …   English dictionary

  • countermand — UK [ˌkaʊntə(r)ˈmɑːnd] / US [ˌkaʊntərˈmænd] verb [transitive] Word forms countermand : present tense I/you/we/they countermand he/she/it countermands present participle countermanding past tense countermanded past participle countermanded formal… …   English dictionary

  • countermand — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English countermaunden, from Anglo French cuntremander, from cuntre counter + mander to command, from Latin mandare more at mandate Date: 15th century 1. to revoke (a command) by a contrary order 2. to recall… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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