countermand[ko̵unt′ər mand′; also, and for n.always, ko̵unt′ər mand′]
- to cancel or revoke (a command or order)
- to call back or order back by a contrary order
Origin: Middle English contremaunden ; from Old French contremander ; from Classical Latin contra, against plush mandare: see mandate
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transitive verb coun·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 air strikes.
- An order or command reversing another one.
- Cancellation of an order or command.
Origin: Middle English countremaunden, from Old French contremander : contre-, counter- + mander, to command (from Latin mandāre; see man-2 in Indo-European roots).