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Word of the Day 6/14/14 Countervail

Countervail (verb)
coun·ter·vail [koun-ter-veyl]


verb (used with object)
1. to act or avail against with equal power, force, or effect; counteract.
2. to furnish an equivalent of or a compensation for; offset.
3. Archaic. to equal.

verb (used without object)
4. to be of equal force in opposition; avail.

Synonyms
1. counterbalance, counterpoise, neutralize.

Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English contrevailen < Anglo-French countrevail-, tonic stem (subjunctive) of countrevaloir to equal, be comparable to < Latin phrase contrā valēre to be of worth against (someone or something). See counter-, -valent

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