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counterpoise

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of counterpoise

  1. 1 a condition in which opposing forces are equal to one another <a musical piece with a counterpoise of loud and soft passages> Synonyms balance, equilibration, equilibrium, equipoise, poise, stasisRelated Words counterbalance, offset; firmness, fixedness, security, stability, steadinessNear Antonyms changeability, fluctuation, inconstancy, insecurity, instability, mutability, precariousness, shakiness, unsteadiness, volatilityAntonyms disequilibration, disequilibrium, imbalance, nonequilibrium, unbalance

  2. 2 a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective <the happiness brought by a new baby was a timely counterpoise to the grief occasioned by a death in the family> Synonyms balance, canceler (or canceller), corrective, counter, counteraction, counterforce, counterbalance, counterweight, equipoise, neutralizer, offsetRelated Words trade-off; ballast, weight




counterpoise

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of counterpoise

  1. to balance with an equal force so as to make ineffective <her overall healthiness largely counterpoised the virulence of the infection> Synonyms annul, cancel (out), compensate (for), correct, counteract, counterbalance, offset, make up (for), negative, neutralizeRelated Words invalidate, negate, neuter, nullify; atone (for); outbalance, outweigh, redeem; redress, relieve, remedy; override, overrule




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