counterbalance (plural counterbalances)

  1. (literally) A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.
  2. (figuratively) A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.
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counterbalance (counterbalances, present participle counterbalancing; past and past participle counterbalanced)

  1. (transitive) To apply weight in order to balance an opposing weight.
    Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound.
    • quote en
    Synonyms: counterpoise, equiponderate, counterweight
    Hypernyms: offset
    Antonyms: outweigh
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To match or equal in effect when applying opposing force
    Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other
    The defenders' knowledge of the terrain roughly counterbalances the attackers' superior equipment
    • quote en
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page ix:
      A considerable effort has been made in these volumes to counterbalance this activity by introducing the student to the plants as living entities with a "life of their own," as Spruce put it.
    Synonyms: counterpoise, counteract
    Antonyms: overcome, overpower
  • French: contrebalancer
  • Portuguese: contrabalancear, contrapesar
  • Russian: уравнове́шивать
  • Spanish: contrabalancear
  • Portuguese: contrapesar

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