counterpoise

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verb

coun·​ter·​poise ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpȯiz How to pronounce counterpoise (audio)
counterpoised; counterpoising; counterpoises

counterpoise

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noun

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: an equivalent power or force acting in opposition
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: a state of balance

Example Sentences

Verb her overall healthiness largely counterpoised the virulence of the infection Noun a musical piece with a counterpoise of loud and soft passages the happiness brought by a new baby was a timely counterpoise to the grief occasioned by a death in the family
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Verb
Conflicts of interest are objective situations that arise when a person’s financial interests can be counterpoised to their public responsibilities. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, 29 Nov. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English countrepesen, from Anglo-French contrepeser, from cuntre- + peser to weigh — more at poise

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterpoise was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Counterpoise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterpoise. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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counterpoise

verb
coun·​ter·​poise
ˈkau̇nt-ər-ˌpȯiz
counterpoise noun

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