counterbalance


1coun·ter·bal·ance

noun \ˈkan-tər-ˌba-lən(t)s, ˌkan-tər-ˈ\

Definition of COUNTERBALANCE

1
:  a weight that balances another
2
:  a force or influence that offsets or checks an opposing force

Examples of COUNTERBALANCE

  1. <charitable giving is usually a good counterbalance to the self-indulgent commercialism of the Christmas season>

First Known Use of COUNTERBALANCE

circa 1611

2counterbalance

verb \ˌkan-tər-ˈ, ˈkan-tər-ˌ\

: to have an effect that is opposite but equal to (something) : to balance (something) by being opposite

Full Definition of COUNTERBALANCE

transitive verb
1
:  to oppose or balance with an equal weight or force
2
:  to equip with counterbalances

Examples of COUNTERBALANCE

  1. The author's wry humor counterbalances the book's serious subject matter.
  2. <a hearty dinner might counterbalance missing lunch>

First Known Use of COUNTERBALANCE

circa 1611

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