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countermand

[v. koun-ter-mand, -mahnd, koun-ter-mand, -mahnd; n. koun-ter-mand, -mahnd] /v. ˌkaʊn tərˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd, ˈkaʊn tərˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd; n. ˈkaʊn tərˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc.).
2.
to recall or stop by a contrary order.
noun
3.
a command, order, etc., revoking a previous one.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English countermaunden < Anglo-French countermander < Middle French contremander, equivalent to contre- counter- + mander to command < Latin mandāre; see mandate
Related forms
countermandable, adjective
uncountermandable, adjective
uncountermanded, adjective
Synonyms
1. rescind, abrogate, overrule, recall.
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British Dictionary definitions for countermand

countermand

verb (transitive) (ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːnd)
1.
to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc)
2.
to order (forces, etc) to return or retreat; recall
noun (ˈkaʊntəˌmɑːnd)
3.
a command revoking another
Word Origin
C15: from Old French contremander, from contre-counter- + mander to command, from Latin mandāre; see mandate
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Word Origin and History for countermand
v.

early 15c., from Old French contremander "reverse an order or command" (13c.), from contre- "against" (see contra-) + mander, from Latin mandare "to order" (see mandate (n.)). Related: Countermanded; countermanding.

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