Definition of counterbalance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

counterbalance

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BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəbæləns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərbæləns//
 
(also counterweight) [usually singular] counterbalance (to something) 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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