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
- 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.
- n. A contrary order; revocation of a former order or command.
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
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)