cancel each other/one another out

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cancel each other/one another out

: to be equal to each other in force or importance but opposite to each other and thus have no effect
  • The two arguments cancel each other/one another out.

Word by Word Definitions

cancel play
  1. : to call off usually without expectation of conducting or performing at a later time

  2. : to destroy the force, effectiveness, or validity of : annul

  3. : to match in force or effect : offset

  1. : cancellation

  2. : a deleted part or passage

  3. : a leaf containing matter to be deleted

each play
  1. : being one of two or more distinct individuals having a similar relation and often constituting an aggregate

  1. : each one

  1. : to or for each : apiece

other play
  1. : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

  2. : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

  3. : second

  1. : one that remains of two or more

  2. : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : one of two that remains

  2. : each preceding one

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : otherwise

  1. : to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)

another play
  1. : different or distinct from the one first considered

  2. : some other

  3. : being one more in addition to one or more of the same kind

  1. : an additional one of the same kind : one more

  2. : one that is different from the first or present one

  3. : one of a group of unspecified or indefinite things

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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