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counterpoise

noun

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1 a condition in which opposing forces are equal to one another
  • a musical piece with a counterpoise of loud and soft passages

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2 a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective
  • 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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counterpoise

verb

Synonyms of counterpoise (Entry 2 of 2)

to balance with an equal force so as to make ineffective
  • her overall healthiness largely counterpoised the virulence of the infection

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

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“Counterpoise.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/counterpoise. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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