countervail

verb coun·ter·vail \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈvāl \
|Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of countervail

countervailed; countervailing; countervails
1 : to compensate for
2 archaic : equal, match
3 : to exert force against : counteract
: to exert force against an opposing and often bad or harmful force or influence

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Origin and Etymology of 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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