One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A second check for security or accuracy.
counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balanceView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2archaic A restraint.
- ‘There is no countercheck to its emotions.’
Stop (something) by acting to cancel or counteract it.‘the king with his own hand wrote to countercheck his former decree’
- ‘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.’
- ‘To countercheck the view that pluralism is tolerable or inevitable, the CDF published a declaration, Dominus Iesus.’
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