Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cancel or reverse (a previously issued command or order).
  • transitive v. To recall by a contrary order: countermanded the air strikes.
  • n. An order or command reversing another one.
  • n. Cancellation of an order or command.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given.
  • v. To recall a person or unit with such an order.
  • n. An order to the contrary of a previous one

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contrary order; revocation of a former order or command.
  • transitive v. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given.
  • transitive v. To prohibit; to forbid.
  • transitive v. To oppose; to revoke the command of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To revoke (a command or an order); order or direct in opposition to (an order before given), thereby annulling it and forbidding its execution.
  • To oppose by contrary orders or action; contradict the orders of.
  • To prohibit; forbid.
  • n. A contrary order; a revocation of a former order, command, or notice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
  • v. cancel officially

Etymologies

Middle English countremaunden, from Old French contremander : contre-, counter- + mander, to command (from Latin mandāre; see man-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French contremander, from mediaeval Latin contramandare, from contra- + mandare ‘command’. (Wiktionary)

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