counterbalance counterbalance  /ˈkaʊn tər ˌbæ ləns/


  1. (n) a weight that balances another weight
  2. (n) equality of distribution
  3. (n) a compensating equivalent
  4. (v) adjust for
  5. (v) contrast with equal weight or force
  6. (v) oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions


  1. You get some genetic holdover like a man would have, where the male hormones that are present in women without the estrogen counterbalance will cause hair loss.
  2. A warmer relationship with Russia could be the counterbalance to the West's increasingly frosty and frustrated attitude toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  3. It's a story as old as The Beverly Hillbillies, but instead of the blue-state-red-state cultural differences being played off each other, they are set in counterbalance.


  1. Column: Meddling in the Mideast Leads to Ethnic Strife

    On the heels of al-Qaida’s 9-11 attacks on the U.S., neoconservatives in the George W. Bush administration believed that the establishment and spread of liberal democracy in the Middle East would counterbalance the alarming anti-American hostility of jihadists’ radical Islam.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Valley News

  2. When Sustainability Stories Are Good Business (Video)

    A Los Angeles-based multimedia platform focuses on inspiring stories about the environment to help counterbalance the usual doom-and-gloom narrative.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Entrpreneur

  3. One-armed beauty queen takes Miss Iowa crown, heads to Miss America Pageant

    Nicole Kelly was named Miss Iowa 2013 over the weekend, and the 23-year-old beauty queen now will head to the national stage for the Miss America contest. But the real news: Miss Kelly has only one arm. "As I grew up, I learned to counterbalance the initial stares I received ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Washington Times


  1. "RIM's work-around provides a contingency for our customers and partners and a counterbalance to NTP's threats," Jim Balsillie, RIM co-chief executive, said in a statement. "This will hopefully lead to more reasonable negotiations, since NTP...
    on Feb 9, 2006 By: Jim Balsillie Source: ZDNet

  2. "It is necessary in a democracy to have ...... a counterbalance of powers," Royal told RTL radio on Monday.
    on Jun 11, 2007 By: Segolene Royal Source: ABC News

  3. "A comprehensive approach on security sector reform needs to be supported by effective governance and progressive advances in the political process, to counterbalance concentrated military efforts," he stated.
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: UN News Centre

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