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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb countervail:


Definition of the verb countervail

What does countervail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: countervailed | countervailing | countervails

  1. compensate for or counterbalance
  2. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

Alternative definition of the verb countervail


  1. [obsolete] To have the same value as.
  2. To counteract, counterbalance or neutralize.
  3. To compensate for.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Countervail

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Google previewShaping Consensus (1994)

The North American Commission on the Environment and Nafta by DIANE Publishing Company

The countervail is a fertile field for protectionism and is not the route to follow. Suitable trade measures would be broadsbased and would be imposed only after a long consultation and cooperative effort. This would minimize the ability of the ...

Google previewThe Scientific and Literary Treasury (1880)

by Samuel Maunder

When the bases of figures having this fur in two colours are so ranged ns to meet each other, it is called countervail VALENTINE'S DAY, the 14th of February, a festival in the calendar In honour of St. Valentine, who, according to the legend, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1818)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations, by Examples from the Best Writers: Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar by Samuel Johnson

To COUNTERVAIL. v. a. [contra and valeo, Lat.] To be equivalent to; to have equal force or value; to act against with equal power. In some men there may be found such qualities as are able to countervail those exceptions which might be ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (2015)

by Orr, James

COUNTERVAIL. koun-te ̃r-va ̄l ́ (ùÑåä, sha ̄wa ̄h, “equalize”): To thwart or overcome by acting against with equal force; Thus, “The enemy could not countervail the king's damage” or loss (Est. 7:4 the American Standard Revised Version ...

Google previewHastings' Dictionary of the Bible (2015)

by Hastings, James

' Countervail COUNTERVAIL.—To countervail (Est. 7:4, Sir. 6:15) is tomakeupfor,givean equivalent, ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

oppose, check, counteract, neutralize, offset, counterbalance, countervail, counterpoise, contravene, thwart, annul. 2 parry, counterattack, riposte, check, coun- terpunch, respond, return, ward off, hit back. counteract v. oppose, resist, offset, ...

Google previewA dictionary of the Malagasy language, by J.J. Freeman (D. Johns). (1835)

by Joseph John Freeman, David Johns

Countervail, v, a. mituvv, mamaly, manohitra. Countervail, s. lanja mitovy, valy.

Google previewThe Encyclop Dic Dictionary (1901)

A New, and Original Work of Reference to All the Words in the English Language with a Full Account of Their Origin, Meaning, Pronounciation, and Use by Robert Hunter

[CountERVAIL, v.] 1. Lit. : An equal or counterbalancing weight, power, or force. - 2. Fig. : An equivalent, compensation, or requital. “Surely the present pleasure of a sinful act is a poor countervail for the bitterness of the review, which begins ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

countervail = to counterbalance; to compensate for. This word is probably used 100 times in legal writing for every time it appears in nonlegal writing. E.g., "The interests of nonminorities in not taking another test do not ...

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March 16th, 1999
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Countervail Meaning

Video shows what countervail means. To have the same value as.. To counteract, counterbalance or neutralize.. To compensate for.. Countervail Meaning.

Scrabble value of C3O1U1N1T1E1R1V4A1I1L1

The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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