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Synonyms for counterpoise

a stable state characterized by the cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces

to act as an equalizing weight or force to

Synonyms for counterpoise

a weight that balances another weight

constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to

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Here he began to thunder with his axe upon the gate of the castle, protected in part from the shot and stones cast by the defenders by the ruins of the former drawbridge, which the Templar had demolished in his retreat from the barbican, leaving the counterpoise still attached to the upper part of the portal.
An oppressed class under the sway of the feudal nobility, an armed and self-governing association in the mediaeval commune; here independent urban republic (as in Italy and Germany), there taxable "third estate" of the monarchy (as in France), afterwards, in the period of manufacture proper, serving either the semi-feudal or the absolute monarchy as a counterpoise against the nobility, and, in fact, corner-stone of the great monarchies in general, the bourgeoisie has at last, since the establishment of Modern Industry and of the world-market, conquered for itself, in the modern representative State, exclusive political sway.
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Rightly understood, this power of life and death is a sufficient counterpoise for all the ills of life; the same power when conferred upon another, upon his fellow-man, leads to tyranny of every kind.
Fergus counterpoises that the plantocracy's psychopathic fear of Africans was fundamental to reforms culminating in abolition (xii).
While Caliban represents Prospero's dark, vengeful identity, this production's Ariel powerfully counterpoises revenge and rebellion with a sober sympathy for human distress.
The ratings affirmation with "negative" outlooks counterpoises the sovereign's near-term challenges, as it is going through a sharp macroeconomic adjustment at a time of unfavourable financial climate, against its credit strengths of low level of sovereign debt, high extent of human development and EU membership, the agency explained.
Indian land policy, counterpoises of Indian landowners in opposition to tribal governments or cultural heritage with a federal framework of the courts and Congress, the pattern of individual landowners losing to solutions proposed by the federal government, terra nullius, why many landowners want to "decouple tribal membership from Indianness" (128), Judge Sally Willett and Indian wills, the "White Problem" (155), and some pointed poetry.
Many of his illustrations, he warns, serve as counterpoises to what the text is saying, and are uncaptioned because, well, that would rather defeat the point.