Definition of countercheck in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkoun(t)ərˌCHek/


1A second check for security or accuracy.
Example sentences
  • They're very interested in maintaining the appropriate levels of checks and counterchecks in the business because a good deal of their money is on the line.
  • The Chaldaean and Babylonian empires were the first to build an elaborate system of checks and counterchecks, primarily to minimize errors and to safeguard state property from dishonest tax collectors.
2 archaic A restraint.
Example sentences
  • There is no countercheck to its emotions.


[with object] archaic
Stop (something) by acting to cancel or counteract it: the king with his own hand wrote to countercheck his former decree
More example sentences
  • To countercheck the view that pluralism is tolerable or inevitable, the CDF published a declaration, Dominus Iesus.
  • When two time travelers fight over something, they employ multitudes of selves to check and countercheck each other until there are swarms of you around.

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Syllabification: count·er·check

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