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countermand n : a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command v : annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence" [syn: revoke, annul, lift, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate]

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From Old French contremander, from mediaeval Latin contramandare, from contra- + mandare ‘command’.




  1. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given.
  2. To recall a person or unit with such an order.


  1. An order to the contrary of a previous one


an order to the contrary of a previous one
  • Italian: contrordine

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