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
Those were the British orders, and the Japanese had no reason to countermand them on her say-so.
The Army had barred Donovan from going in with any of its contingents, no way a Navy admiral would countermand orders from a sister service and take a stowaway, Stark told him.
With Proposition 23, two out-of-state oil corporations, Valero and Tesoro, and right-wing oil billionaires based in New York and Kansas are trying to use the California initiative process, originally intended to allow citizen intervention in the governance of this state, to countermand AB 32 and set policy for us.
We are unable to countermand or override the process.
The Assembly had suffered a pang of conscience over their murder decree, so they ordered Cleon to countermand it.
No insurance company should have the power to countermand a doctor.
Episode V: Tyler begins forcing bureaucrats out of work, only to have Tyrone, his identical but evil twin, show up and countermand all of the orders on the basis that the regulations were mostly okay and some were even less onerous than "what might have been".
Going forward, the automaker has committed to equip all Toyota vehicles for North America with Smart Stop, a brake-throttle override that would allow drivers to intuitively countermand runaway acceleration by simply pressing the brake pedal.
Fellow poets and critics write of her "oppositional temperament" (Steve Burt), of an impulse "to countermand, rather than to express" (Dan Chiasson).
In a 2000 book review, also published in the Wall Street Journal, Webb wrote that affirmative action "has within one generation brought about a permeating state-sponsored racism that is as odious as the Jim Crow laws it sought to countermand."