coun·ter·mand (kountər-mănd′, koun′tər-mănd)
tr.v. coun·ter·mand·ed, coun·ter·mand·ing, coun·ter·mands
1. To cancel or reverse (a previously issued command or order).
2. To recall by a contrary order: countermanded the airstrikes.
1. An order or command reversing another one.
2. Cancellation of an order or command.
[Middle English countremaunden, from Old French contremander : contre-, counter- + mander, to command (from Latin mandāre; see man-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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