One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A second check for security or accuracy.
counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balanceView synonyms
- ‘The Chaldaean and Babylonian empires were the first to build an elaborate system of checks and counterchecks, primarily to minimize errors and to safeguard state property from dishonest tax collectors.’
- ‘They're very interested in maintaining the appropriate levels of checks and counterchecks in the business because a good deal of their money is on the line.’
2archaic A restraint.‘the evil that we suffer is often a countercheck which restrains us from greater evil’
- ‘There is no countercheck to its emotions.’
3archaic A sharp or incisive retort.‘the countercheck quarrelsome’
Stop (something) by acting to cancel or counteract it.‘His Majesty with his own hand wrote to countercheck his former Warrant’
- ‘To countercheck the view that pluralism is tolerable or inevitable, the CDF published a declaration, Dominus Iesus.’
- ‘When two time travelers fight over something, they employ multitudes of selves to check and countercheck each other until there are swarms of you around.’
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