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counterbalance

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

Definition of counterbalance

  1. 1 :  a weight that balances another

  2. 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>

Circa 1611

First Known Use of counterbalance

circa 1611


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counterbalance

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verb coun·ter·bal·ance \ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈ, ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌ\

Definition of counterbalance

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

  3. 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>

Circa 1611

First Known Use of counterbalance

circa 1611


COUNTERBALANCE Defined for English Language Learners


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counterbalance

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verb coun·ter·bal·ance \ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈ, ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌ\

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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