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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: contremander, from contre- ( COUNTER-) + mander 'to command' (from Latin mandare)

countermand

verb
     
coun‧ter‧mand [transitive] formal
PM to officially tell people to ignore an order, especially by giving them a different one:
Terrorists tried to force him to countermand the order to attack.
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