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countermand (verb) cancel; revoke (an earlier order, etc.).

You countermand an order, when you cancel your earlier order, and issue a fresh order. Your order countermands your subordinate's order, if, while issuing your order, you tell people to ignore the order of your subordinate. Thus, a revoking of an order, especially by giving a different order, is to countermand.

  • The civic authorities countermanded the earlier orders prohibiting bars and nightclubs to be open beyond midnight. Under the new rule, they are allowed to be open till two in the morning.
  • Under popular pressure, the finance secretary, by ordering the level of taxable income to be reduced, has countermanded his department's earlier order fixing it at a very low level. People are happy at the cancellation of the departmental order, as they can now save more money.
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