Countervailing
Countervail Coun`ter*vail" (koun`t?r-v?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Countervailed} (-v?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Countervailing}.] [OF. contrevaloir; contre (L. contra) + valoir to avail, fr. L. valere to be strong, avail. See {Vallant}.] To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to thwart or overcome by such action; to furnish an equivalent to or for; to counterbalance; to compensate. [1913 Webster]

Upon balancing the account, the profit at last will hardly countervail the inconveniences that go allong with it. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]


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  • countervailing — UK [ˌkaʊntə(r)ˈveɪlɪŋ] US [ˌkaʊntərˈveɪlɪŋ] adjective very formal influencing something in an opposite but equally strong way countervailing evidence Thesaurus: opposite and in the opposite waysynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • countervailing — index contradictory, contrary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • countervailing — [[t]ka͟ʊntə(r)veɪlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A countervailing force, power, or opinion is one which is of equal strength to another one but is its opposite or opposes it. Their strategy is expansionist and imperialist, and it is greatest in effect, of… …   English dictionary

  • countervailing — adj. Countervailing is used with these nouns: ↑force …   Collocations dictionary

  • countervailing — coun|ter|vail|ing [ ,kauntər veılıŋ ] adjective VERY FORMAL influencing something in an opposite but equally strong way: countervailing evidence …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • countervailing — adjective formal with an equally strong but opposite effect: the need for countervailing forces to that of the state …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • countervailing — UK [ˌkaʊntə(r)ˈveɪlɪŋ] / US [ˌkaʊntərˈveɪlɪŋ] adjective very formal influencing something in an opposite but equally strong way countervailing evidence …   English dictionary

  • countervailing — coun|ter|vail|ing [ˌkauntəˈveılıŋ US ər ] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: contrevaloir, from contre ( COUNTER ) + valoir to be worth ] with an equally strong but opposite effect …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • countervailing — adj. opposing, serving to contradict; counteracting, serving to offset coun·ter·vail || kaÊŠntÉ™veɪl v. act against; offset …   English contemporary dictionary

  • countervailing — adjective offset the effect of (something) by countering it with something of equal force. → countervail …   English new terms dictionary

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