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counterbalance

coun·ter·bal·ance

counterbalance

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kaUn tr bae lns
definition: any force or influence, such as a weight or a point in an argument, that exactly balances another; counterpoise.
similar words:
offset
 
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
pronunciation: kaUn tr bae lns
inflections: counterbalanced, counterbalances, counterbalancing
definition: to balance or offset with an equal force or influence; counterpoise.
Each player's skill counterbalances that of the other, so it may be just luck that determines the winner of this match.
similar words:
cancel, compensate, neutralize, offset
Word Parts
The word counterbalance contains the following part:
counter-, contra- Latin prefix that means against, in the opposite direction