countervail

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From Anglo-Norman countrevaloir ( = Old French contrevaloir), from Latin contrā valēre (to be worth against).

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countervail (third-person singular simple present countervails, present participle countervailing, simple past and past participle countervailed)

  1. (obsolete) To have the same value as.
  2. To counteract, counterbalance or neutralize.
  3. To compensate for.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.38:
      I am one of those who thinke their fruit can no way countervaile this losse.
    • L'Estrange
      Upon balancing the account, the profit at last will hardly countervail the inconveniences that go along with it.

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