coun·​ter·​or·​der ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌȯr-dər How to pronounce counterorder (audio)
variants or counter-order
plural counterorders or counter-orders
: a contradicting or countermanding order
During the frequent riots of the Lindsay era, police often under- or overreacted—while various officials, including the mayor's civilian aides, issued orders and counterorders, exacerbating the disorder.Thomas A. Reppetto

Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterorder was in 1773

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“Counterorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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