Definition of countervail in English:

countervail

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Offset the effect of (something) by countering it with something of equal force.

    ‘the dominance of the party was mediated by a number of countervailing factors’
    • ‘When it is, one must look to international law for countervailing principles, and to politics, above all, for a way through.’
    • ‘However, there is also countervailing evidence to indicate that when concentration is extreme, innovation is squelched.’
    • ‘Even the broadest discretion is constrained by the need for there to be countervailing circumstances justifying interference with human rights.’
    • ‘Yet this margin loss was countervailed by cost cutting.’
    • ‘Any particular discretionary matter may be subject to countervailing matters of equal or greater weight.’
    • ‘But that's the point; there will always be countervailing arguments.’
    • ‘This was introduced about seven years ago, after some industries insisted on protection against imports to countervail the sales tax being paid on domestic products.’
    • ‘There are Web sites that dispense countervailing strategies.’
    • ‘Integrity in promise-keeping, at times, confronts countervailing considerations of human welfare.’
    • ‘But without countervailing efforts by policymakers, the ebb of recession can sink many boats as well.’
    • ‘The prospects for improving labor standards at the domestic level are constrained by two countervailing market forces.’
    • ‘But the deeper one looks, the more countervailing stories one finds, and before long the past is as muddy as the present.’
    • ‘Burke, particularly in his criticism of the French Revolution, evoked tradition and the mystique of history to countervail any present generation's fascination with newness and change.’
    • ‘Blame the fact that families don't sit down to dinner together anymore - at least not often enough to countervail the influence of toxic culture.’
    • ‘But is there not a time when we have to admit, in all intellectual honesty, that our positions have been overwhelmed by countervailing data?’
    • ‘And by bringing lots of regular people together, we can actually countervail the influence that big corporations have on American politics.’
    • ‘But we are concerned because there is a strong presidency without countervailing institutions.’
    • ‘As its memorandum shows, the Commission has to consider and balance in many cases the important but countervailing freedoms of privacy and of expression.’
    • ‘It may be that, among girls, a desire to achieve academic goals countervails motivations to use drugs.’
    • ‘Otherwise the actions designed to exert countervailing pressure could result in political disaster.’
    counteract, offset, counterbalance, counterpoise, countervail, compensate for, make up for
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘be equivalent to in value’): from Anglo-Norman French contrevaloir, from Latin contra valere be of worth against.

Pronunciation:

countervail

/ˌkaʊntəˈveɪl/