Definitions of countervail

  1. To be of avail against: to act against with equal effect: to be of equal value to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. To avail against; be of equal value to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. compensate for or counterbalance; "offset deposits and withdrawals" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To act against with equal effect; to equal; to compensate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To act against with equal force or power; to equal; to balance. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. Equal weight, power, or value. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for countervail

  1. In the mutual exchange of their respective productions they have abstained altogether from prohibitions; they have interdicted themselves the power of laying taxes upon exports, and when ever they have favored their own shipping by special preferences or exclusive privileges in their own ports it has been only with a view to countervail similar favors and exclusions granted by the nations with whom we have been engaged in traffic to their own people or shipping, and to the disadvantage of ours. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  2. Now had we obtained between four and five hundred negroes, wherewith we thought it somewhat reasonable to seek the coast of the West Indies, and there, for our negroes, and other our merchandise, we hoped to obtain whereof to countervail our charges with some gains, whereunto we proceeded with all diligence, furnished our watering, took fuel, and departed the coast of Guinea, the third of February, continuing at the sea with a passage more hard than before hath been accustomed, till the 27th day of March, which day we had sight of an island, called Dominique, upon the coast of the West Indies, in fourteen degrees: from thence we coasted from place to place, making our traffic with the Spaniards as we might, somewhat hardly, because the king had straitly commanded all his governors in those parts by no means to suffer any trade to be made with us; notwithstanding we had reasonable trade, and courteous entertainment, from the Isle of Marguerite and Cartagena, without anything greatly worth the noting, saving at Cape de la Vela, in a town called Rio de la Hacha, from whence come all the pearls. – Voyager's Tales by Richard Hakluyt