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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Definitions for counterpoise

  1. to balance by an opposing weight; counteract by an opposing force.
  2. to bring into equilibrium.
  3. Archaic. to weigh (one thing) against something else; consider carefully.

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Citations for counterpoise
To be unfortunate in any respect was sufficient, if there was no demerit to counterpoise it, to turn the scale of that good man's pity, and to engage his friendship and his benefaction. Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, 1749
I know what she means all right. But I know something she doesn't know. Money is a good counterpoise to beauty. Walker Percy, The Moviegoer, 1961
Origin of counterpoise
late Middle English
1375-1425
Counterpoise is from the Old French word countrepois which meant "to weigh against."