V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to oppose successfully and mitigate effects by contrary actions; 2. to counterbalance, offset, or compensate for something

Synonyms: contravene, foil, hinder, negate, annul, neutralize, nullify, invalidate, counterbalance

Antonyms: assist, cooperate, promote, support

Tips: Think, to counter (respond) with avail (creating advantage). To countervail is to respond with power and create an advantage.

Usage Examples:

The legal team will build their defense to countervail the prosecutor's new line of attack. (foil, invalidate)

In order to countervail reckless driving in California, stiffer fines will be imposed on guilty motorists. (contravene, hinder)

I hope I countervailed the calories from last night's cheesecake by running an extra couple miles this morning. (neutralized, counterbalanced)

Superheroes usually countervail the evil actions of their nemeses by staying one step ahead of them. (foil, hinder, neutralize)

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