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coun·ter·mand

 (koun′tər-mănd′, koun′tər-mănd′)
tr.v. coun·ter·mand·ed, coun·ter·mand·ing, coun·ter·mands
1. To cancel or reverse (a previously issued command or order).
2. To recall by a contrary order: countermanded the airstrikes.
n. (koun′tər-mănd′)
1. An order or command reversing another one.
2. Cancellation of an order or command.

[Middle English countremaunden, from Old French contremander : contre-, counter- + mander, to command (from Latin mandāre; see man- in Indo-European roots).]

countermand

vb (tr)
1. to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc)
2. (Military) to order (forces, etc) to return or retreat; recall
n
a command revoking another
[C15: from Old French contremander, from contre- counter- + mander to command, from Latin mandāre; see mandate]

coun•ter•mand

(v. ˌkaʊn tərˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd; v., n. ˈkaʊn tərˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd)

v.t.
1. to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc.).
2. to recall or stop by a contrary order.
n.
3. a command, order, etc., revoking a previous one.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French countermander, Middle French contremander=contre- counter- + mander to command < Latin mandāre; see mandate]

countermand


Past participle: countermanded
Gerund: countermanding

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am countermanding
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Present Perfect
I have countermanded
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Past Continuous
I was countermanding
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he/she/it was countermanding
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they were countermanding
Past Perfect
I had countermanded
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he/she/it had countermanded
we had countermanded
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Future
I will countermand
you will countermand
he/she/it will countermand
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Future Perfect
I will have countermanded
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Future Continuous
I will be countermanding
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been countermanding
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been countermanding
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been countermanding
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we had been countermanding
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Conditional
I would countermand
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he/she/it would countermand
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Past Conditional
I would have countermanded
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.countermand - a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
bid, bidding, command, dictation - an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
Verb1.countermand - cancel officially; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
go back on, renege, renege on, renegue on - fail to fulfill a promise or obligation; "She backed out of her promise"
strike down, cancel - declare null and void; make ineffective; "Cancel the election results"; "strike down a law"

countermand

verb cancel, reverse, override, repeal, revoke, retract, rescind, annul I can't countermand her orders.
Translations

countermand

[ˈkaʊntəmɑːnd] VTrevocar, cancelar

countermand

[ˌkaʊntərˈmɑːnd] vt [+ order] → annulercounter-measure [ˈkaʊntərmɛʒər] ncontre-mesure f
to take counter-measures against sth → prendre des contre-mesures contre qchcounter-offensive [ˌkaʊntərəˈfɛnsɪv] ncontre-offensive f

countermand

vt orderaufheben, widerrufen; attack, planrückgängig machen; unless countermandedbis auf gegenteilige Anweisung or (Mil) → Order

countermand

[ˈkaʊntəˌmɑːnd] vtannullare
References in classic literature ?
George neither spoke to nor looked at Legree, who did not countermand his orders, but stood, whistling, with an air of forced unconcern.
And he assured me with so much impressiveness that he would countermand the later letters, which would be held over at Bistritz until due time in case chance would admit of my prolonging my stay, that to oppose him would have been to create new suspicion.
My Lord, By that which, since I have known you, have suffered by you and for you, I conjure you, if you have any care for my repose, to countermand those great armaments which you are preparing against France, to put an end to a war of which it is publicly said religion is the ostensible cause, and of which, it is generally whispered, your love for me is the concealed cause.
Desiree shook her head, and saw that she must countermand most of the orders.
Countermand that order with the agency, Pitcher, and don't bring any more of 'em in here.
She had a great access of sensibility too that day, when obliged to go and countermand the clothes, the darling clothes on which she had set her heart for Christmas Day, and the cut and fashion of which she had arranged in many conversations with a small milliner, her friend.
Countermand the order for cake, send a wire putting off the wedding, dismiss the bridesmaids, tell the organist he can stop practising "The Voice that Breathed O'er Eden"--no wedding-bells for you
In 1974, he was finally persuaded to emerge still in uniform after his ageing former CO was flown in to countermand the orders he gave him 29 years earlier.
All they can be sure of is - if they make a decision someone they didn't even know existed will countermand it.
It has not been made clear if George did countermand his own review board, which Kenneally acknowledged.
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After Pearl Harbor, Ford even used his influence to countermand a federal warrant for Liebold's arrest.