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Synonyms for counteract
ˌkaʊn tərˈæktcoun·ter·act

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. counteract

    To hinder is to keep from action, progress, motion, or growth, or to make such action, progress, motion, or growth later in beginning or completion than it would otherwise have been. An action is prevented by anything that comes in before it to make it impossible; it is hindered by anything that keeps it from either beginning or ending so soon as it otherwise would, or as expected or intended. It is more common, however, to say that the start is delayed, the progress hindered. An action that is hindered does not take place at the appointed or appropriate time; that which is prevented does not take place at all; to hinder a thing long enough may amount to preventing it. A railroad-train may be hindered by a snow-storm from arriving on time; it may by special order be prevented from starting. To retard is simply to make slow by any means whatever. To obstruct is to hinder, or possibly to prevent advance or passage by putting something in the way; to oppose or resist is to hinder, or possibly to prevent by directly contrary or hostile action, resist being the stronger term and having more suggestion of physical force; obstructed roads hinder the march of an enemy, tho there may be no force strong enough to oppose it; one opposes a measure, a motion, an amendment, or the like; it is a criminal offense to resist an officer in the discharge of his duty; the physical system may resist the attack of disease or the action of a remedy. Compare CONQUER; IMPEDIMENT; OBSTRUCT.

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    Synonyms:
    baffle, balk, bar, block, check, clog, delay, embarrass, encumber, foil, frustrate, hamper, hinder, impede, interrupt, obstruct, oppose, prevent, resist, retard, stay, stop, thwart

    Preposition:
    Hinder one in his progress; from acting promptly; by opposition.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. counteract

    Synonyms:
    counterinfluence, counterfoil, foil, baffle, neutralize, oppose, rival, thwart, hinder

    Antonyms:
    aid, help, abet, promote, conserve, co-operate, subserve

Princeton's WordNet

  1. antagonize, antagonise, counteractverb

    act in opposition to

    Synonyms:
    antagonize, subvert, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize, weaken, countermine, antagonise, sabotage, countercheck, undermine

  2. countercheck, counteractverb

    oppose or check by a counteraction

    Synonyms:
    antagonize, subvert, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize, weaken, countermine, antagonise, sabotage, countercheck, undermine

  3. counteract, countervail, neutralize, counterbalanceverb

    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

    "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"

    Synonyms:
    waste, countermine, countervail, even off, compensate, counterbalance, negate, even out, neutralise, subvert, sabotage, correct, oppose, weaken, even up, neutralize, countercheck, antagonise, nullify, make up, undermine, liquidate, offset, do in, antagonize, knock off

  4. sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weakenverb

    destroy property or hinder normal operations

    "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"

    Synonyms:
    countermine, countervail, bring down, vitiate, counterbalance, deprave, debauch, cave, soften, misdirect, overturn, demoralize, subvert, sabotage, debase, profane, weaken, corrupt, damp, pervert, neutralize, demoralise, countercheck, antagonise, de-escalate, undermine, step down, dampen, overthrow, antagonize, break

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. counteractverb

    Synonyms:
    oppose, contravene, resist, cross, thwart, hinder, check, defeat, frustrate, run counter to, act against, clash with

  2. counteractverb

    Synonyms:
    neutralize, destroy the effect of

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. counteractverb

    Synonyms:
    defeat, frustrate, contravene, neutralize

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How to use counteract in a sentence?

  1. Geoffrey Driscoll:

    In some areas of the province we are expecting some showers, however it's not going to be enough to counteract the weeks and weeks of dry weather we have had.

  2. Ken Yeager:

    We know that physical activity and healthy foods will help your body better deal with stress, and yet we often avoid them when we need them the most, people really need to think about this downward spiral we get into and work harder to counteract it.

  3. Dave Joly:

    Disclosure of an individual's inclusion or non-inclusion in the TSDB (screening databases) would significantly impair the government's ability to investigate and counteract terrorism.

  4. Oliver Sheldon:

    Just thinking about temptation generally in advance essentially helps them to counteract temptation when they encounter it.

  5. Devin Kimble:

    The place where [the beer] is most different is that the beer has about 10% carbonation. That's to push the aroma and counteract the numbing of the senses you get inflight. This makes the beer livelier on the tongue.


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