counterpoise

verb
coun·ter·poise | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpȯiz \
counterpoised; counterpoising; counterpoises

Definition of counterpoise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

counterpoise

noun

Definition of counterpoise (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : an equivalent power or force acting in opposition

3 : a state of balance

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Examples of counterpoise in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of counterpoise

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for counterpoise

Verb

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

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