AskDefine | Define countervail

Dictionary Definition



1 compensate for or counterbalance; "offset deposits and withdrawals" [syn: offset]
2 oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues" [syn: counteract, neutralize, counterbalance]

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From etyl xno countrevaloir ( = Old French contrevaloir), from etyl la contra valere.


  • a UK /ˈkaʊntəveɪl/


  1. To have the same value as.
  2. To counteract, counterbalance or neutralize.
  3. To compensate for.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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