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 (koun′tər-băl′əns, koun′tər-băl′əns)
1. A force or influence equally counteracting another.
2. A weight that acts to balance another; a counterpoise or counterweight.
tr.v. (koun′tər-băl′əns, koun′tər-băl′əns) coun·ter·bal·anced, coun·ter·bal·anc·ing, coun·ter·bal·anc·es
1. To act as a counteracting force, influence, or weight to; counterpoise.
2. To oppose with an equal force; offset.
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Adj.1.counterbalanced - brought into equipoise by means of a weight or force that offsets another
balanced - being in a state of proper equilibrium; "the carefully balanced seesaw"; "a properly balanced symphony orchestra"; "a balanced assessment of intellectual and cultural history"; "a balanced blend of whiskeys"; "the educated man shows a balanced development of all his powers"
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If inequalities should arise in some States from duties on particular objects, these will, in all probability, be counterbalanced by proportional inequalities in other States, from the duties on other objects.
But if we Southern whale-fishers are not so snugly housed aloft as Captain Sleet and his Greenland-men were; yet that disadvantage is greatly counterbalanced by the widely contrasting serenity of those seductive seas in which we South fishers mostly float.
The news of such a brilliant commencement to their undertaking would have counterbalanced the gloomy tidings of the war; it would have infused new spirit into them all, and given them courage and constancy to persevere in the enterprise.
Bounderby is a very remarkable man; and what little disparity can be said to exist between you - if any - is more than counterbalanced by the tone your mind has acquired.
The chaplain did so, and the governor assured him that the man was still mad, and that though he often spoke like a highly intelligent person, he would in the end break out into nonsense that in quantity and quality counterbalanced all the sensible things he had said before, as might be easily tested by talking to him.
Moreover, he was beginning to feel some zest for the growing though half-suppressed feud between him and the other medical men, which was likely to become more manifest, now that Bulstrode's method of managing the new hospital was about to be declared; and there were various inspiriting signs that his non-acceptance by some of Peacock's patients might be counterbalanced by the impression he had produced in other quarters.
This is counterbalanced by a trend we are starting to see of couples who moved out of the city with their young families for the trees and backyards of suburbia finding the greenery not as appealing as an exciting Manhattan lifestyle and moving back.
Crossing Tecumseh Street is filled with familiar references, clever phrasing and innovative line breaks that insure accessibility, but it is counterbalanced with enough social examination and comment to make this trip worthwhile.
The subdivision of each chapter into short paragraphs contributes to the book's clarity, and the relatively light apparatus of notes is counterbalanced by a thematic bibliography, directing the reader toward further reading.
Foreign Policy?" June) was unfortunately counterbalanced by the rifle placed above it: "The Pacifist."
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Subjects were paired differently for each of their two sprinting bouts, and the order of running was counterbalanced to reduce the problems caused by a constant sequential presentation.