What does the word counterbalance mean?

Usage examples for counterbalance

  1. Printing itself would greatly benefit from a flourishing development of original bookmaking, gaining just that stimulus on the art side that it needs to counterbalance the pressure of commercialism. – The Booklover and His Books by Harry Lyman Koopman
  2. For small work, however, the facility with which a spirit lamp may be lighted may more than counterbalance these disadvantages at times. – A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing by Bernard D. Bolas
  3. The women here referred to and who are placed in this wretched position are the inevitable counterbalance to the European lady, with her pretensions and arrogance. – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer