Definition of Countervail

1. Verb. Compensate for or counterbalance. "Offset deposits and withdrawals"

Exact synonyms: Offset
Generic synonyms: Balance, Equilibrate, Equilibrise, Equilibrize
Derivative terms: Offset



2. Verb. Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions. "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
Exact synonyms: Counteract, Counterbalance, Neutralize
Specialized synonyms: Override
Generic synonyms: Cancel, Offset, Set Off
Derivative terms: Counteraction, Counteractive, Counterbalance, Neutralization

Definition of Countervail

1. v. t. 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.

2. n. Power or value sufficient to obviate any effect; equal weight, strength, or value; equivalent; compensation; requital.

Definition of Countervail

1. Verb. (obsolete) To have the same value as. ¹

2. Verb. To counteract, counterbalance or neutralize. ¹

3. Verb. To compensate for. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Countervail

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Countervail

countertrades
countertradition
countertraditions
countertrafficking
countertransference
countertransferences
countertransport
countertrend
countertrends
countertrippant
countertripping
counterturn
counterturns
countertype
countertypes
countervail (current term)
countervailability
countervailable
countervailed
countervailing
countervailing duties
countervailing duty
countervails
countervair
countervallation
countervallations
counterview
counterviewpoint
counterviewpoints
counterviews

Literary usage of Countervail

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence as Administered in England and Ireland by John Pitt Taylor (1887)
"... will be returned directly into the court, and will be sufficient to countervail the statement of defence denying the existence of the original.3 § 1547. ..."

2. History of the Life and Times of James Madison by William Cabell Rives (1870)
"... and Earnest Speech of Mr. Madison for giving it Sufficient Stability to countervail Democratic Tendencies — Renewed Struggle for Equal Representation of ..."

3. The Practice of the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas, in Personal by William Tidd, Francis Joseph Troubat, Asa Israel Fish, Great Britain Court of Common Pleas, Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Great Britain Court of King's Bench (1856)
"... that the landlord cannot recover in ejectment on this statute, if there be a sufficient distress on the premises, to countervail the arrears of rent due ..."

4. The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of by Roger North (1826)
"... subject to expense, wherever he lieth, and the well employment of time, and experience to be gained this way, may countervail some increase of charge. ..."

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