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balance

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of balance

  1. 1 a condition in which opposing forces are equal to one another <in order to determine the weight of that beaker, you need to get the two pans of the scale in perfect balance> Synonyms counterpoise, equilibration, equilibrium, equipoise, poise, stasis Related Words counterbalance, offset; firmness, fixedness, security, stability, steadiness Near Antonyms changeability, fluctuation, inconstancy, insecurity, instability, mutability, precariousness, shakiness, unsteadiness, volatility Antonyms disequilibration, disequilibrium, imbalance, nonequilibrium, unbalance

  2. 2 a balanced, pleasing, or suitable arrangement of parts <the balance of the landscaping is in keeping with the symmetry of so many 18th-century mansions> Synonyms harmony, coherence, concinnity, consonance, consonancy, orchestration, proportion, symmetry, symphony, unityRelated Words coordination, correlation, correspondence, equalization, equilibrium, evenness, order, orderliness, regularity, uniformityNear Antonyms confusion, disorganization, dissonance, disturbance, tension; disconnectedness, disjointedness, incompatibility; irregularity, unevennessAntonyms asymmetry, discordance, disproportion, disunity, imbalance, incoherence, violence

  3. 3 a device for measuring weight <use a balance to make sure you get the amounts precisely correct> Synonyms {h,1}scaleRelated Words gravimeter

  4. 4 a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective <the balance to the mountain of complaints are the many letters of praise that we also receive> Synonyms counterbalance, canceler (or canceller), corrective, counter, counteraction, counterforce, counterpoise, counterweight, equipoise, neutralizer, offsetRelated Words trade-off; ballast, weight

  5. 5 a remaining group or portion <and the balance of the contestants should stand in that last corner> Synonyms remainder, leavings, leftovers, odds and ends, remains, remnant, residue, residuum, restRelated Words fragment, scrap, vestige; butt, oddment, scraping(s), stub, stump; excess, fat, overabundance, overage, overflow, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplusNear Antonyms body, bulk, main, mass, most, weight




balance

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of balance

  1. 1 to make equal in amount, degree, or status <tried to balance the total amount of money spent on gifts for each child> Synonyms equalize, equate, even, levelRelated Words equilibrate, equipoise; accommodate, adjust, compensate, fit; counterbalance; homogenize, normalize, regularize, standardize; democratizeNear Antonyms disequilibrate

  2. 2 to show uncertainty about the right course of action <his tendency to balance and waffle on certain hot-button issues may hurt him in the general election> Synonyms hesitate, dither, falter, halt, hang back, scruple, shilly-shally, stagger, teeter, vacillate, waver, wobble (also wabble)Related Words haw, hem; dally, dawdle, delay, linger, pause, procrastinate, wait; back down, chicken (out); consider, debate, deliberate, ponder, weigh; oscillate, sway; equivocate, hedge, pussyfoot, waffleNear Antonyms decide; budge, stir; advance, continueAntonyms dive (in), plunge (in)

  3. 3 to give what is owed for <she had to balance her account with the video store before being allowed to rent more movies> Synonyms ante up, pay, clear, discharge, foot, liquidate, meet, pay off, pay up, pony up, quit, recompense, settle, spring (for), standAntonyms repudiate




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