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Definitions for counterbalance
ˈkaʊn tərˌbæl əns; ˌkaʊn tərˈbæl ənscoun·ter·bal·ance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balance, equalizer, equalisernoun

    a weight that balances another weight

  2. balance, equilibrium, equipoise, counterbalancenoun

    equality of distribution

  3. counterbalance, offsetverb

    a compensating equivalent

  4. compensate, counterbalance, correct, make up, even out, even off, even upverb

    adjust for

    "engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"

  5. oppose, counterbalanceverb

    contrast with equal weight or force

  6. counteract, countervail, neutralize, counterbalanceverb

    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

    "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"


  1. counterbalancenoun

    A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.

    Etymology: counter (from contra 'against') + balance

  2. counterbalancenoun

    A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.

    Etymology: counter (from contra 'against') + balance

  3. counterbalanceverb

    To apply weight in order to balance an opposing one.

    Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound

    Etymology: counter (from contra 'against') + balance

  4. counterbalanceverb

    To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.

    Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other

    Etymology: counter (from contra 'against') + balance

  5. counterbalanceverb

    To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition

    The defenders' knowledge of the terrain roughly counterbalances the attackers' superior equipment

    Etymology: counter (from contra 'against') + balance

Webster Dictionary

  1. Counterbalanceverb

    to oppose with an equal weight or power; to counteract the power or effect of; to countervail; to equiponderate; to balance

  2. Counterbalancenoun

    a weight, power, or agency, acting against or balancing another

  3. Counterbalancenoun

    a mass of metal in one side of a driving wheel or fly wheel, to balance the weight of a crank pin, etc., on the opposite side of the wheel

  4. Counterbalancenoun

    a counterpoise to balance the weight of anything, as of a drawbridge or a scale beam

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of counterbalance in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of counterbalance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of counterbalance in a Sentence

  1. Damon Hewitt:

    The core of the problem is that it is not just police departments as a whole -- it is officers who are allowed to act with impunity, is there anything that is a counterbalance to stop them doing the kind of things that Officer Derek Chauvin did ? Liability to the police department would, in my view, be insufficient to do that.

  2. Damon Hewitt:

    Is there anything that is a counterbalance to stop them doing the kind of things that Officer Derek Chauvin did ? Liability to the police department would, in my view, be insufficient to do that.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg:

    Right now I'm only focused on the midterms, i believe that the Republicans have not done what they should have done in terms of providing some counterbalance to the executive branch.

  4. Manu Raju:

    He's expressed concerns about the way the Russia investigation has been conducted, the way the Clinton email investigation was being conducted, so we'll see if he brings a counterbalance to the House Judiciary Committee, which next year is going to be very aggressive in investigating The President.

  5. Wendy Suzuki:

    Joy conditioning is a direct counterbalance to fear conditioning, the latter of which happens naturally and serves a protective purpose.

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