countervail

verb
coun·ter·vail | \ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈvāl \
countervailed; countervailing; countervails

Definition of countervail 

transitive verb

1 : to compensate for

2 archaic : equal, match

3 : to exert force against : counteract

intransitive verb

: to exert force against an opposing and often bad or harmful force or influence

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China will impose countervailing tariffs the same day, less than a week after Canada does the same in reaction to U.S. restrictions on steel and aluminum. Matthew Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "In waging trade war, Trump must figure out who the enemy even is," 2 July 2018 China will impose countervailing tariffs the same day, less than a week after Canada does the same in reaction to U.S. restrictions on steel and aluminum. Matthew Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "In waging trade war, Trump must figure out who the enemy even is," 2 July 2018 China will impose countervailing tariffs the same day, less than a week after Canada does the same in reaction to U.S. restrictions on steel and aluminum. Matthew Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "In waging trade war, Trump must figure out who the enemy even is," 2 July 2018 However, the Crowley loss produced a countervailing defense from Pelosi's top lieutenants, who now see a slew of Democratic understudies who have little experience on Capitol Hill. Paul Kane And Erica Werner, chicagotribune.com, "Crowley's loss divides stunned Democrats about the future of party leadership," 28 June 2018 However, the Crowley loss produced a countervailing defense from Pelosi’s top lieutenants, who now see a slew of Democratic understudies who have little experience on Capitol Hill. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 China will impose countervailing tariffs the same day, less than a week after Canada does the same in reaction to U.S. restrictions on steel and aluminum. Matthew Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "In waging trade war, Trump must figure out who the enemy even is," 2 July 2018 China will impose countervailing tariffs the same day, less than a week after Canada does the same in reaction to U.S. restrictions on steel and aluminum. Matthew Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "In waging trade war, Trump must figure out who the enemy even is," 2 July 2018 China will impose countervailing tariffs the same day, less than a week after Canada does the same in reaction to U.S. restrictions on steel and aluminum. Matthew Campbell, latimes.com, "In Trump's trade war, companies like GM wind up on both sides," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of countervail

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for countervail

Middle English countrevailen, from Anglo-French cuntrevaloir, from cuntre- counter- + valoir to be worth, from Latin valēre — more at wield

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