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English noun: counterbalance

1. counterbalance (artifact) a weight that balances another weight

Synonymsbalance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer

Broader (hypernym)weight

Narrower (hyponym)sash weight, tare

2. counterbalance (shape) equality of distribution

Synonymsbalance, equilibrium, equipoise

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)conformation, proportion, symmetry

3. counterbalance (possession) a compensating equivalent


Broader (hypernym)compensation

English verb: counterbalance

1. counterbalance (stative) adjust for

SamplesEngineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance.

Synonymscompensate, correct, even off, even out, even up, make up

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

Narrower (hyponym)carry, compensate, cover, overcompensate

2. counterbalance (stative) contrast with equal weight or force


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)contrast, counterpoint

Narrower (hyponym)counterpoise, counterpose, counterweight

3. counterbalance (social) oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

SamplesThis will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues.

Synonymscounteract, countervail, neutralize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cancel, offset, set off

Narrower (hyponym)override

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