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.
To cancel or revoke (a command or order)
To call back or order back by a contrary order.
A command or order canceling another.
To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given.
To countermand an order for goods.
To oppose; to revoke the command of.
Origin of countermand
- Middle English countremaunden from Old French contremander contre- counter- mander to command (from Latin mandāre man-2 in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French contremander, from Medieval Latin contramandō, from contra- + mandō (“I order; I command”).