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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).]
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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]
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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]
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countermand


Past participle: countermanded
Gerund: countermanding

Imperative
countermand
countermand
Present
I countermand
you countermand
he/she/it countermands
we countermand
you countermand
they countermand
Preterite
I countermanded
you countermanded
he/she/it countermanded
we countermanded
you countermanded
they countermanded
Present Continuous
I am countermanding
you are countermanding
he/she/it is countermanding
we are countermanding
you are countermanding
they are countermanding
Present Perfect
I have countermanded
you have countermanded
he/she/it has countermanded
we have countermanded
you have countermanded
they have countermanded
Past Continuous
I was countermanding
you were countermanding
he/she/it was countermanding
we were countermanding
you were countermanding
they were countermanding
Past Perfect
I had countermanded
you had countermanded
he/she/it had countermanded
we had countermanded
you had countermanded
they had countermanded
Future
I will countermand
you will countermand
he/she/it will countermand
we will countermand
you will countermand
they will countermand
Future Perfect
I will have countermanded
you will have countermanded
he/she/it will have countermanded
we will have countermanded
you will have countermanded
they will have countermanded
Future Continuous
I will be countermanding
you will be countermanding
he/she/it will be countermanding
we will be countermanding
you will be countermanding
they will be countermanding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been countermanding
you have been countermanding
he/she/it has been countermanding
we have been countermanding
you have been countermanding
they have been countermanding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been countermanding
you will have been countermanding
he/she/it will have been countermanding
we will have been countermanding
you will have been countermanding
they will have been countermanding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been countermanding
you had been countermanding
he/she/it had been countermanding
we had been countermanding
you had been countermanding
they had been countermanding
Conditional
I would countermand
you would countermand
he/she/it would countermand
we would countermand
you would countermand
they would countermand
Past Conditional
I would have countermanded
you would have countermanded
he/she/it would have countermanded
we would have countermanded
you would have countermanded
they 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"
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countermand

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

countermand

[ˈkaʊntəmɑːnd] VTrevocar, cancelar
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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
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countermand

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

[ˈkaʊntəˌmɑːnd] vtannullare
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References in classic literature ?
The count was not angry even when they told him that Natasha had countermanded an order of his, and the servants now came to her to ask whether a cart was sufficiently loaded, and whether it might be corded up.
Countermand that order with the agency, Pitcher, and don't bring any more of 'em in here."
Desiree shook her head, and saw that she must countermand most of the orders.
"Order countermanded by my brother, and supposed to be my doing!
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!