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counterbalance

noun coun·ter·bal·ance \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌba-lən(t)s , ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈba- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of counterbalance

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

Examples of counterbalance in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of counterbalance

circa 1611


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counterbalance

verb coun·ter·bal·ance \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈba-lən(t)s , ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌba- \

Definition of counterbalance

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

Examples of counterbalance in a Sentence

  1. The author's wry humor counterbalances the book's serious subject matter.

  2. a hearty dinner might counterbalance missing lunch

Recent Examples of counterbalance from the Web

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First Known Use of counterbalance

circa 1611


COUNTERBALANCE Defined for English Language Learners

counterbalance

verb

Definition of counterbalance for English Language Learners

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



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