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counterbalance

[n. koun-ter-bal-uh ns; v. koun-ter-bal-uh ns] /n. ˈkaʊn tərˌbæl əns; v. ˌkaʊn tərˈbæl əns/
noun
1.
a weight balancing another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), counterbalanced, counterbalancing.
2.
to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.
Origin of counterbalance
1570-1580
1570-80; counter- + balance
Related forms
uncounterbalanced, adjective
Synonyms
2. correct, countervail, rectify, balance.
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counterbalance

noun (ˈkaʊntəˌbæləns)
1.
a weight or force that balances or offsets another
verb (transitive) (ˌkaʊntəˈbæləns)
2.
to act as a counterbalance
Also called counterpoise
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Word Origin and History for counterbalance
v.

1570s, from counter- + balance (v.), in reference to scales. Figurative use dates from 1630s. As a noun, from c.1600.

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