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counterpoise

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verb coun·ter·poise \-ˌpȯiz\

Definition of counterpoise

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  counterbalance



Examples of counterpoise

  1. <her overall healthiness largely counterpoised the virulence of the infection>



Origin of counterpoise

Middle English countrepesen, from Anglo-French contrepeser, from cuntre- + peser to weigh — more at poise


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with counterpoise


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counterpoise

noun coun·ter·poise

Definition of counterpoise

  1. 1 :  counterbalance

  2. 2 :  an equivalent power or force acting in opposition

  3. 3 :  a state of balance



Examples of counterpoise

  1. <a musical piece with a counterpoise of loud and soft passages>

  2. <the happiness brought by a new baby was a timely counterpoise to the grief occasioned by a death in the family>



15th Century

First Known Use of counterpoise

15th century



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