countermand

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French contremander, from Medieval Latin contramandō, from contra- + mandō (I order; I command).

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Verb[edit]

countermand (third-person singular simple present countermands, present participle countermanding, simple past and past participle countermanded)

  1. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given.
    to countermand an order for goods
  2. To recall a person or unit with such an order.
  3. To prohibit; to forbid.
    • Harvey
      Avicen countermands letting blood in choleric bodles.
  4. To oppose; to revoke the command of.
    • Hooker
      For us to alter anything, is to lift ourselves against God; and, as it were, to countermand him.

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Noun[edit]

countermand (plural countermands)

  1. An order to the contrary of a previous one.

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