(noun, verb)


1. a weight that balances another weight

Similar word(s): balance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer

Definition categories: man–made, weight

2. equality of distribution

Similar word(s): balance, equilibrium, equipoise

Definition categories: shape, construction, structure

3. a compensating equivalent

Similar word(s): offset

Definition categories: possession, compensation


1. adjust for

Similar word(s): compensate, correct

Definition categories: stative, balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

2. contrast with equal weight or force

Similar word(s): oppose

Definition categories: stative, contrast, counterpoint

3. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

Similar word(s): counteract, countervail, neutralize

Definition categories: social, cancel, offset

Sentences with counterbalance as a verb:

- Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound.

- Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other

- The defenders' knowledge of the terrain roughly counterbalances the attackers' superior equipment