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counterweight

[koun-ter-weyt] /ˈkaʊn tərˌweɪt/
noun
1.
a weight used as a counterbalance.
verb (used with object)
2.
to balance or equip with a counterweight.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; counter- + weight
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  • We need to find other ways to provide a political counterweight.
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  • And what he said was an even more effective counterweight than his tone.
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  • He doesn't deny the positive impacts of technology, but he does offer a counterweight.
  • Picking a real teammate is better than picking a political counterweight.
  • He is beefing up his police as a counterweight to the army.
  • More to the point, though, is that a strong counterweight to poor people voting themselves money is necessary.
  • One effort has been to strengthen outside directors as a counterweight to over-mighty bosses.
British Dictionary definitions for counterweight

counterweight

/ˈkaʊntəˌweɪt/
noun
1.
a counterbalancing weight, influence, or force
Derived Forms
counterweighted, adjective
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