Definition of counterbalance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

counterbalance

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noun
NAmE//ˈkaʊntərˌbæləns//
 
(also counterweight)[usually singular]counterbalance (to something)
 
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a thing that has an equal but opposite effect to something else and can be used to limit the bad effects of something The accused's right to silence was a vital counterbalance to the powers of the police.
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