Word forms: counterbalances
1. verb To counterbalance something means to balance or correct it with something that has an equal but opposite effect. [V n] ⇒ Add honey to counterbalance the acidity. [V n] ⇒ His patriarchal generosity is counterbalanced by his ruthlessness. 2. countable noun
Something that is a counterbalance to something else counterbalances that thing. [+ to] ⇒ ...organisations set up as a counterbalance to groups allied to the ANC.
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