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Definition of "counterbalance" [coun•ter•bal•ance]

  • A force or influence equally counteracting another. (noun)
  • A weight that acts to balance another; a counterpoise or counterweight. (noun)
  • To act as a counteracting force, influence, or weight to; counterpoise. (verb-transitive)
  • To oppose with an equal force; offset. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "counterbalance" in a sentence
  • "What a pity her main conservative counterbalance is Hasselbeck."
  • "$900 billion budget is at least six times more than China's defense spending, which is probably the greatest potential long-term counterbalance to US military dominance."
  • "It’s absolutely amazing that they could let the frequently lying Rush Limbaugh continue to broadcast on Armed Forces Radio and would decide to pull the plug to his rightful counterbalance from the progressive side of the fence, Ed Schultz."