countervail


countervail
countervail late 14c., "to be worth as much as," also "to prevail against," from Anglo-Fr. countrevaloir, O.Fr. contrevaloir "to be effective against, be comparable to," from Latin phrase contra valere "to be worth against" (see CONTRA- (Cf. contra-) and VALIANT (Cf. valiant)). Related: Countervailing.

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  • Countervail — Coun ter*vail (koun t?r v?l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Countervailed} ( v?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Countervailing}.] [OF. contrevaloir; contre (L. contra) + valoir to avail, fr. L. valere to be strong, avail. See {Vallant}.] To act against with equal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Countervail — Coun ter*vail (koun t?r v?l ), n. Power or value sufficient to obviate any effect; equal weight, strength, or value; equivalent; compensation; requital. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Surely, the present pleasure of a sinful act is a poor countervail for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • countervail — I verb abrogate, act against with equal force, agitate against, alter, avail against, balance, be contrary, cancel, cancel out, check, conflict with, confute, contradict, contravene, counter, counteract, counterpoise, cross, damage, destroy,… …   Law dictionary

  • countervail — vb offset, balance, *compensate, counterbalance, counterpoise Analogous words: *correct (sense 1): counteract, *neutralize, negative: overcome, surmount (see CONQUER): foil, thwart, *frustrate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • countervail — ► VERB (usu. countervailing) ▪ offset the effect of (something) by countering it with something of equal force. ORIGIN from Latin contra valere be of worth against …   English terms dictionary

  • countervail — [kount΄ər vāl′, kount′ər vāl΄] vt. [ME countrevailen < OFr contrevaloir < contre (see COUNTER2) + valoir, to avail < L valere, to be strong: see VALUE] 1. to make up for; compensate 2. to counteract; be successful, useful, etc. against;… …   English World dictionary

  • countervail — To counterbalance; to avail against with equal force or virtue; to compensate for, or serve as an equivalent of or substitute for countervailing equity (equity) @ countervail livery At common law, a release was a form of transfer of real estate… …   Black's law dictionary

  • countervail — To counterbalance; to avail against with equal force or virtue; to compensate for, or serve as an equivalent of or substitute for countervailing equity (equity) @ countervail livery At common law, a release was a form of transfer of real estate… …   Black's law dictionary

  • countervail — verb Etymology: Middle English countrevailen, from Anglo French cuntrevaloir, from cuntre counter + valoir to be worth, from Latin valēre more at wield Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to compensate for 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • countervail — /kown teuhr vayl /, v.t. 1. to act or avail against with equal power, force, or effect; counteract. 2. to furnish an equivalent of or a compensation for; offset. 3. Archaic. to equal. v.i. 4. to be of equal force in opposition; avail. [1350 1400; …   Universalium


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