Coun·ter·vail n. Power or value sufficient to obviate any effect; equal weight, strength, or value; equivalent; compensation; requital. [Obs.]
Surely, the present pleasure of a sinful act is a poor countervail for the bitterness of the review. --South.
Coun·ter·vail v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countervailed p. pr. & vb. n. Countervailing.] To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to thwart or overcome by such action; to furnish an equivalent to or for; to counterbalance; to compensate.
Upon balancing the account, the profit at last will hardly countervail the inconveniences that go allong with it. --L'Estrange.
v 1: compensate for or counterbalance; "offset deposits and
withdrawals" [syn: offset]
2: oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions;
"This will counteract the foolish actions of my
colleagues" [syn: counteract, neutralize, counterbalance]