- to cancel or revoke (a command or order)
- to call back or order back by a contrary order
Origin of countermandMiddle English contremaunden ; from Old French contremander ; from Classical Latin contra, against + mandare: see mandate
transitive verbcoun·ter·mand·ed, coun·ter·mand·ing, coun·ter·mands
- To cancel or reverse (a previously issued command or order).
- To recall by a contrary order: countermanded the airstrikes.
- An order or command reversing another one.
- Cancellation of an order or command.
Origin of countermandMiddle English countremaunden, from Old French contremander : contre-, counter- + mander, to command (from Latin mandare; see man-2 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present countermands, present participle countermanding, simple past and past participle countermanded)
From Old French contremander, from Medieval Latin contramandō, from contra- + mandō (“I order; I command”).