- 1Revoke (an order): an order to arrest the strike leaders had been countermandedMore example sentences
- Speer moved against Hitler by countermanding his orders and other forms of sabotage.
- He ordered the police to open fire on the demonstrators but the party's frightened Politburo countermanded the order.
- This put the newspaper out of business until the order was countermanded.
- 1.1Revoke an order issued by (another person): he was already countermanding herMore example sentences
- Raven countermanded me and ordered the helm hard over while lowering the sail, and the hands, afraid of her, did what she said.
- He has apparently called for support from all over the country to make a stand against the Americans, and the Premier is trying to countermand him.
- Highly trained specialists, they relied on their professional ethics to help manage the tricky business of judging and sometimes countermanding the clients who paid the bills.
- 1.2Declare (a vote or election) invalid: the election commission has countermanded voting on the grounds of intimidationMore example sentences
- The president demanded that the EC observer and state Chief Electoral Officer countermand the elections to stop the declaration of results tomorrow.
- The three aspirants are already out of the race as elections in their constituencies had been countermanded.
- The last time elections were held there, dozens of people were killed, requiring polls to be countermanded and new ones ordered.
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- An order revoking a previous one: I forthwith mounted, and went off, lest I should receive a countermandMore example sentences
- Schumann is represented by his Romances, originally for oboe, published also for clarinet, despite the composer's express countermand.
- As a collection of texts, Scripture is capable of holding both a point and its countermand.
- However, we have seen that countermand must be explicit and generally given to the branch of the bank where the account is kept.
late Middle English: from Old French contremander (verb), contremand (noun), from medieval Latin contramandare, from contra- 'against' + mandare 'to order'.