counterweigh

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Etymology[edit]

From counter- +‎ weigh, under the influence Anglo-Norman contrepeser (to counterpoise).

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Verb[edit]

counterweigh (third-person singular simple present counterweighs, present participle counterweighing, simple past and past participle counterweighed)

  1. (intransitive) To act as counterbalance (against something).
  2. (transitive) To counterbalance; to balance out.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 709:
      Yet Francis's favour could not counterweigh the disastrous flaw in European Christian mission in Africa, its association with the Portuguese slave trade.