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Pronunciation:  `kawntur'veyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
  2. [v]  compensate for or counterbalance; "offset deposits and withdrawals"

COUNTERVAIL is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: counteract, counterbalance, neutralize, offset
 See Also: balance, cancel, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize, offset, override, set off



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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.
          Upon balancing the account, the profit at last will
          hardly countervail the inconveniences that go allong
          with it.                                 --L'Estrange.
  2. \Coun"ter*vail`\ (koun"t?r-v?l`), n.
    Power or value sufficient to obviate any effect; equal
    weight, strength, or value; equivalent; compensation;
    requital. [Obs.]
          Surely, the present pleasure of a sinful act is a poor
          countervail for the bitterness of the review. --South.
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