Countervail meaning

kountər-vāl, kountər-vāl
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To act against with equal force; counteract.
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To compensate for; offset.
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To act against an often detrimental influence or power.
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To make up for; compensate.
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To counteract; be successful, useful, etc. against; avail against.
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(archaic) To match or equal.
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To avail (against)
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To compensate for.
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Origin of countervail

  • Middle English countrevaillen from Old French contrevaloir contrevail- contre- counter- valoir to be worth (from Latin valēre to be strong wal- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman countrevaloir (= Old French contrevaloir), from Latin contrā valēre (“to be worth against”).

    From Wiktionary