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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.
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).]
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1. to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc)
2. (Military) to order (forces, etc) to return or retreat; recall
a command revoking another
[C15: from Old French contremander, from contre- counter- + mander to command, from Latin mandāre; see mandate]
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coun•ter•mand(v. ˌkaʊn tərˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd; v., n. ˈkaʊn tərˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd)
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]
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Past participle: countermanded
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|Noun||1.||countermand - a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command|
|Verb||1.||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"
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verb cancel, reverse, override, repeal, revoke, retract, rescind, annul I can't countermand her orders.
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countermand[ˌkaʊntərˈmɑːnd] vt [+ order] → annulercounter-measure [ˈkaʊntərmɛʒər] n → contre-mesure f
to take counter-measures against sth → prendre des contre-mesures contre qchcounter-offensive [ˌkaʊntərəˈfɛnsɪv] n → contre-offensive f
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countermand[ˈkaʊntəˌmɑːnd] vt → annullare
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