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



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

  1. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given.
    Synonyms: cancel, rescind
    to countermand an order for goods
  2. To recall a person or unit with such an order.
  3. To prohibit.
    Synonyms: prohibit, 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.
    • 2018 February 28, Justine Jordan, “Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday review – a dizzying debut”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Early on, Ezra gives her a lesson to countermand the endless female impulse to apologise: “Darling, don’t continually say ‘I’m sorry’. Next time you feel like saying ‘I’m sorry’, instead say ‘Fuck you’.”



countermand (plural countermands)

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