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English definition of “counterbalance”

counterbalance

verb [T]     /ˈkaʊn.təˌbæl.əns/ US  /-t̬ɚ-/
to have an equal but opposite effect on something so that it does not have too much of a particular characteristic: The ugliness of the resort is counterbalanced by the excellence of the skiing.Balance and imbalance counterbalance     noun [C usually singular] Her calm nature served as a natural counterbalance to his excitable personality.Balance and imbalance
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