[Word-ology] Countermand=counter+mand

💡Time for [Word-ology] again, a column making English learning easier!💡

Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.

fragile=frag-[break]+ile-[capable of, easy to do]
Definition: easily broken, damaged
mobile=mob-[move]+ile-[capable of, easy to do]
Definition: able to move or be moved freely or easily.


Today we will learn the new etymon “mand“, it means “command” and is used in many words. Let’s see the word “countermand” together.

In the word “countermand“, “counter” means “against” and “mand” means “command“. Combining this two parts we can deduce that “countermand” means “against a command; cancel or reverse a command“.

Here’s an example to use “countermand“:
I can’t countermand an order Tom’s given.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

mandatory=mand-[command]+at[e]+ory[a]
demanding=de+mand[command]+ing[a]

That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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