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Synonyms for counterbalance
ˈkaʊn tərˌbæl əns; ˌkaʊn tərˈbæl ənscoun·ter·bal·ance

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  1. counterbalanceverb

    counterweight, counterpoise, offset, counteract

    outweigh, overpower, overcome

  2. counterbalanceverb

    A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.

    Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound

    counteract, counterpoise, counterweight, offset

    overcome, overpower, outweigh

  3. counterbalanceverb

    To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.

    Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other

    counterpoise, counterweight, offset, counteract

    overcome, outweigh, overpower

  4. counterbalanceverb

    To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition

    The defenders' knowledge of the terrain roughly counterbalances the attackers' superior equipment

    offset, counteract, counterweight, counterpoise

    overcome, overpower, outweigh

Princeton's WordNet

  1. counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balance, equalizer, equalisernoun

    a weight that balances another weight

    remainder, proportion, symmetry, equaliser, residual, balance, equalizer, residuum, rest, counterweight, residue, counterpoise, equilibrium, symmetricalness, equipoise, correspondence, offset, balance wheel, proportionality

  2. balance, equilibrium, equipoise, counterbalancenoun

    equality of distribution

    sense of equilibrium, remainder, counterpoise, symmetry, equaliser, residual, balance, equalizer, residuum, rest, counterweight, vestibular sense, residue, proportion, equilibrium, labyrinthine sense, sense of balance, symmetricalness, equipoise, correspondence, offset, balance wheel, proportionality, chemical equilibrium

  3. counterbalance, offsetverb

    a compensating equivalent

    outset, runner, counterweight, first, stolon, counterpoise, setoff, starting time, equaliser, offshoot, commencement, balance, equalizer, start, offset printing, get-go, kickoff, outgrowth, set-back, equilibrium, equipoise, showtime, offset, branch, beginning

  4. compensate, counterbalance, correct, make up, even out, even off, even upverb

    adjust for

    "engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"

    chasten, even off, right, castigate, make up, compensate, neutralize, patch up, recompense, countervail, remunerate, even out, fabricate, counteract, make, decline, be, reconcile, oppose, correct, invent, adjust, pay, overcompensate, catch up with, manufacture, level, represent, even, rectify, discipline, comprise, even up, conciliate, repair, square up, cook up, flush, cover, chastise, redress, constitute, sort out, set, objurgate, jog, pay off, slump, settle, indemnify

  5. oppose, counterbalanceverb

    contrast with equal weight or force

    fight, countervail, controvert, even out, counteract, defend, correct, oppose, neutralize, match, make up, react, pit, even up, compensate, even off, contradict, play off, fight down, fight back

  6. counteract, countervail, neutralize, counterbalanceverb

    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

    "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"

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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. counterbalanceverb

    counterpoise, balance

  2. counterbalanceverb

    countervail, compensate, set off, make up for

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. counterbalanceverb

    counterpoise, countervail, equiponderate, balance

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "counterbalance":

    counterweight, offset, counteract, counter, compensate

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How to use counterbalance in a sentence?

  1. Damon Hewitt:

    Is there anything that is a counterbalance to stop them doing the kind of things that Officer Derek Chauvin did ? Liability to the police department would, in my view, be insufficient to do that.

  2. Damon Hewitt:

    The core of the problem is that it is not just police departments as a whole -- it is officers who are allowed to act with impunity, is there anything that is a counterbalance to stop them doing the kind of things that Officer Derek Chauvin did ? Liability to the police department would, in my view, be insufficient to do that.

  3. Wendy Suzuki:

    Joy conditioning is a direct counterbalance to fear conditioning, the latter of which happens naturally and serves a protective purpose.

  4. Mayor Bloomberg:

    Right now I'm only focused on the midterms, i believe that the Republicans have not done what they should have done in terms of providing some counterbalance to the executive branch.

  5. Mike Davis:

    These corporations go woke because they have pressure from shareholders, they have pressure from the liberal media, they have pressure internally from within, what we want to do at Unsilenced Majority is to provide a counterbalance. And so these corporations understand that if they go woke there's gonna be consequences from everyday Americans.

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