[koun-ter-veyl] /ˌkaʊn tərˈveɪl/

verb (used with object)
to act or avail against with equal power, force, or effect; counteract.
to furnish an equivalent of or a compensation for; offset.
Archaic. to equal.
verb (used without object)
to be of equal force in opposition; avail.
/ˌkaʊntəˈveɪl; ˈkaʊntəˌveɪl/
when intr, usually foll by against. to act or act against with equal power or force
(transitive) to make up for; compensate; offset

late 14c., “to be worth as much as,” also “to prevail against,” from Anglo-French countrevaloir, Old French contrevaloir “to be effective against, be comparable to,” from Latin phrase contra valere “to be worth against” (see contra- and valiant). Related: Countervailing.


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