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countervail


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Countervail  \Coun`ter*vail"\  (koun`t?r-v?l"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p. 
  p.  {Countervailed}  (-v?ld);  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Countervailing}.]  [OF.  contrevaloir  contre  (L.  contra)  + 
  valoir  to  avail,  fr  L.  valere  to  be  strong,  avail.  See 
  {Vallant}.] 
  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. 
 
  Upon  balancing  the  account,  the  profit  at  last  will 
  hardly  countervail  the  inconveniences  that  go  allong 
  with  it  --L'Estrange. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Countervail  \Coun"ter*vail`\  (koun"t?r-v?l`),  n. 
  Power  or  value  sufficient  to  obviate  any  effect;  equal 
  weight,  strength,  or  value;  equivalent;  compensation; 
  requital.  [Obs.] 
 
  Surely,  the  present  pleasure  of  a  sinful  act  is  a  poor 
  countervail  for  the  bitterness  of  the  review.  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  countervail 
  v  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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