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English definition of “countervailing”

countervailing

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈkaʊn.təˌveɪ.lɪŋ/ us    /-t̬ɚ-/ formal
having equal force but an opposite effect: There was nobody strong enough to lead an effective countervailing force against the dictator. a countervailing argumentOpposing and againstOpposites
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