Definitions

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  • noun An order (command) made in opposition to a previous one.

Etymologies

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counter- +‎ order

Examples

  • Usually it was very difficult to divert the skipper from any procedure he had decided upon: he was fond of quoting Napoleon's "Order plus counterorder equals disorder."

    Tin

  • While they were grappling with these issues the matter was settled for them by the surprising arrival of a counterorder from the Bents, delivered by the taciturn old hunter Lonesome Dick, who seemed put out that he had had to ride so hard on their behalf.

    The Berrybender Narratives

  • The counterorder of the provisional government was virtually ignored, and the committee system was subsequently introduced in all army detachments.

    1917, March 8

  • As he and his men were rolling toward the enemy position, von Ribbentrop received a counterorder from his battalion commander.

    Panzer Aces

  • Usually it was very difficult to divert the skipper from any procedure he had decided upon: he was fond of quoting Napoleon's "Order plus counterorder equals disorder."

    The Lost Worlds of 2001

  • Lady Annabel was almost afraid to counterorder the usual meals, lest Venetia should comprehend her secret terror; the very same sentiment influenced Venetia.

    Venetia

  • A chasseur had been dispatched with the counterorder, who passed the exulting, but deluded G---- on the road.

    The Stranger in France or, a Tour from Devonshire to Paris Illustrated by Engravings in Aqua Tint of Sketches Taken on the Spot.

  • As a result of this tragicomedy of order and counterorder, d’Erlon’s command spent the entire afternoon and evening marching and countermarching between the two fields of battle without firing a shot at either; and the full irony of the situation was, of course, that the Ist Corps’ effective intervention on either scene of action would have resulted in a major French victory.

    THE CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON

  • As a result of this tragicomedy of order and counterorder, d’Erlon’s command spent the entire afternoon and evening marching and countermarching between the two fields of battle without firing a shot at either; and the full irony of the situation was, of course, that the Ist Corps’ effective intervention on either scene of action would have resulted in a major French victory.

    THE CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON

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