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Synonyms for counterbalance
ˈkaʊn tərˌbæl əns; ˌkaʊn tərˈbæl əns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balance, equalizer, equaliser(noun)

    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, counterbalance(noun)

    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, offset(verb)

    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 up(verb)

    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, counterbalance(verb)

    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, counterbalance(verb)

    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


  1. counterbalance(noun)

    counterpoise, counterweight, offset, counteract

    outweigh, overpower, overcome

  2. counterbalance(noun)

    To apply weight in order to balance an opposing one.

    Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound

    counterpoise, counterweight, offset, counteract

    overcome, overpower, outweigh

  3. counterbalance(verb)

    To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.

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

    counterweight, counterpoise, offset, counteract

    overpower, outweigh, overcome

  4. counterbalance(verb)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. counterbalance(v. a.)

    counterpoise, balance

  2. counterbalance(v. a.)

    countervail, compensate, set off, make up for

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. counterbalance(v)

    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. House Democrats:

    At some point Republicans are going to have to find an equilibrium if they plan to compete, clearly there's no sign of that occurring in the immediate future. You want to go with older white men, the counterbalance to that is going to be millennials, females and diversity coming back with a vengeance.

  2. Manu Raju:

    He's expressed concerns about the way the Russia investigation has been conducted, the way the Clinton email investigation was being conducted, so we'll see if he brings a counterbalance to the House Judiciary Committee, which next year is going to be very aggressive in investigating The President.

  3. Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues:

    Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.

  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.

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