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Definition a command or order that cancels a previous command or order
  • She countermanded the order.
  • Ramius countermanded his order.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Everyone's in panic, issuing orders and then countermanding them.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Shame flushed her; but before the saving resentment could countermand the shame, she forgot Dick and the young man.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • George neither spoke to nor looked at Legree, who did not countermand his orders, but stood, whistling, with an air of forced unconcern.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • After failing to induce Fremont to revoke his proclamation voluntarily, Lincoln promptly countermanded it.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Mother had ordered me not to tell anyone about the curse, but Mandy could countermand the order so I'd be able to tell Char.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • So whose choices should we countermand, Mackenzie?
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • But as so often happened, the plan changed yet again; the orders were countermanded.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • But a damp having been thrown over it by these and other voices in the air, he went and countermanded his orders.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, But he must die to-morrow?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Could you countermand them if they did?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Impossible to conceal ourselves inside it without the artists seeing us, and then they will get off simply by countermanding the vaudeville.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This was countermanded and he was told to take anything from Adam Selene but notify Alvarez at once.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Sometimes Kevin countermanded her orders, claiming that he had work for me.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • Butler's action was approved, but Fremont's was hastily countermanded, and his successor, Halleck, saw things differently.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The countermanding of Lola's casting decision, and the laughter in the boys it provoked, made for a shift in the balance of power.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Leading her van, Daario had given orders for the children to be taken down before Dany had to see them, but she had countermanded him as soon as she was told.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • But he, poor man, by your first order died, And that a winged Mercury did bear; Some tardy cripple bore the countermand That came too lag to see him buried.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • The branches of the overhanging tree would be a magnet for pivoting eyes and levelled weapons and he understood that no appeal of his would countermand the orders.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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