• WordNet 3.6
    • v countervail oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
    • v countervail compensate for or counterbalance "offset deposits and withdrawals"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Countervail Power or value sufficient to obviate any effect; equal weight, strength, or value; equivalent; compensation; requital. "Surely, the present pleasure of a sinful act is a poor countervail for the bitterness of the review."
    • v. t Countervail 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • countervail To act against or antagonize with equal force or power; act or avail with equivalent effect against; counteract.
    • countervail Hence To be or furnish an equivalent of or a compensation for; make good; offset.
    • n countervail Counterbalancing power or weight sufficient to obviate or counteract any effect; equal efficacy or value; compensation; requital.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Countervail to be of avail against: to act against with equal effect: to be of equal value to: to compensate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. contrevaloir,; contre,L. contra,) + valoir, to avail, fr. L. valere, to be strong, avail. See Vallant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. contra, against.


In literature:

Testimony of opposite results in the smaller islands would hardly countervail it.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863" by Various
Tiara missed Eunice, but there was a countervailing joy in her soul.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
An awful trial awaits thee ere the spell can be countervailed.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.
"Child's Story of the Bible" by Mary A. Lathbury
Monaco has special attractions of its own which triumphantly withstand all countervailing influences.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
It cannot countervail the exchange of joy That one short minute gives me in her sight.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
But they have a countervailing drawback.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
What doubt in thee could countervail Belief in it?
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
No countervailing advantage is given to the landlords.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
What censures, then, can I have in reserve to countervail such praises?
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton

In poetry:

Ir. Could my perfections, valu'd at the highest rate,
But countervaile a dramme of your great worth,
Then should I think my selfe borne under starres
Most happy and auspicious.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act I" by Ralph Knevet
Have you thought there could be but a single Supreme?
There can be any number of Supremes—One does not countervail
another, any more than one eyesight countervails another, or
one life countervails another.
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Navigating The Complexities Of Antidumping And Countervailing Duties.
But what if, while Phelps focused single-mindedly on his race, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) had placed weights on his ankles, created a countervailing current in his lane, and moved his starting block back a few feet.
Fortunately, even as cash-strapped airlines raise fees and cut services, there's a countervailing trend that has gone largely unnoticed by disgruntled travelers: economy class is getting better.
The US Commerce Department has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of hardwood and decorative plywood imports from China.
I know that I, too, believe things in the face of countervailing evidence.
WASHINGTON — The US Department of Commerce has announced it plans to delay the issuing of preliminary results in its countervailing duty investigation of Chinese hardwood plywood until Feb 26.
The US Department of Commerce released the preliminary results in its countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of coated paper from China and Indonesia.

In science:

Taking also into account the change of the polarization vector induced by the guiding mirrors along the eight-loop, we could predict the total change of the polarization vector and try to countervail, were it not for our ignorance of the local metric in the neighborhood of the observer’s world line.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
However, we have taken the variations in Y and Mc from disparate sources and these values merely serve to illustrate the potential countervailing effects of stellar physics on δM0 I .
Age, Metallicity, and the Distance to the Magellanic Clouds From Red Clump Stars