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verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective countervailing
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’
counteract, offset, counterbalance, balance, balance out, counterpoise, compensate for, make up forView synonyms
- ‘It may be that, among girls, a desire to achieve academic goals countervails motivations to use drugs.’
- ‘But we are concerned because there is a strong presidency without countervailing institutions.’
- ‘The prospects for improving labor standards at the domestic level are constrained by two countervailing market forces.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Any particular discretionary matter may be subject to countervailing matters of equal or greater weight.’
- ‘But without countervailing efforts by policymakers, the ebb of recession can sink many boats as well.’
- ‘There are Web sites that dispense countervailing strategies.’
- ‘Integrity in promise-keeping, at times, confronts countervailing considerations of human welfare.’
- ‘Otherwise the actions designed to exert countervailing pressure could result in political disaster.’
- ‘And by bringing lots of regular people together, we can actually countervail the influence that big corporations have on American politics.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As its memorandum shows, the Commission has to consider and balance in many cases the important but countervailing freedoms of privacy and of expression.’
- ‘When it is, one must look to international law for countervailing principles, and to politics, above all, for a way through.’
- ‘Yet this margin loss was countervailed by cost cutting.’
- ‘But that's the point; there will always be countervailing arguments.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But is there not a time when we have to admit, in all intellectual honesty, that our positions have been overwhelmed by countervailing data?’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘be equivalent to in value’): from Anglo-Norman French contrevaloir, from Latin contra valere ‘be of worth against’.
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