countermand


1coun·ter·mand

transitive verb \ˈkan-tər-ˌmand, ˌkan-tər-ˈ\

: to cancel (an order) especially by giving a new order

Full Definition of COUNTERMAND

1
:  to revoke (a command) by a contrary order
2
:  to recall or order back by a superseding contrary order <countermand reinforcements>

Examples of COUNTERMAND

  1. Orders to blow up the bridge were countermanded.

Origin of COUNTERMAND

Middle English countermaunden, from Anglo-French cuntremander, from cuntre- counter- + mander to command, from Latin mandare — more at mandate
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2coun·ter·mand

noun \ˈkan-tər-ˌmand\

Definition of COUNTERMAND

1
:  a contrary order
2
:  the revocation of an order or command

First Known Use of COUNTERMAND

1548

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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