countermand countermand


  1. (n) a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
  2. (v) cancel officially


  1. He instantly ordered Secretary Adams to countermand the League's propaganda and to instruct officers in their Navy Day addresses to stick to non-controversial subjects.
  2. During the civil war, political commissars had the power to countermand orders made by the military commanders, a practice that was not completely abolished until 1943.
  3. Schmidt was apparently not willing to countermand his concessions directly.


  1. "I am very disappointed by this decision to countermand the people of Georgia's voice in defining marriage in our state as a union between a man and a woman," Perdue said.
    on May 17, 2006 By: Sonny Perdue Source: Southern Voice

  2. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court that agencies may not "countermand the President's decision to lift the moratorium or to act categorically to prevent Mexican carriers from registering and Mexican trucks from entering the country."
    on Dec 28, 2006 By: Clarence Thomas Source: KRIS-TV

  3. In 2000, Webb described affirmative action as a "permeating state-sponsored racism that is as odious as the Jim Crow laws it sought to countermand."
    on Jun 12, 2008 By: James Henry Webb Source: RealClearPolitics (blog)

Word of the Day
subordinate subordinate
/sə ˈbɔr də ˌneɪt /