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Monday, March 06, 2006

Definitions for countermand

  1. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given.
  2. To recall or order back by a contrary order.
  3. A contrary order.

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Citations for countermand
And given the mixed results, a constitutional amendment that could countermand both the law and the original order by Vermont's Supreme Court seems unlikely. Stanley Kurtz, National Review Online
Her aunt and uncle kept hoping her father would countermand his orders since his promises to her seemed to be without effect. Dumas Malone, quoted in The Long Affair, by Conor Cruise O'Brien
Origin of countermand
late Middle English
1375-1425
Countermand derives from Old French contremander, from contre-, "counter" (from Latin contra) + mander, "to command" (from Latin mandare).