balance of power

noun phrase

Definition of balance of power

: an equilibrium of power sufficient to discourage or prevent one nation or party from imposing its will on or interfering with the interests of another

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1679, in the meaning defined above

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“Balance of power.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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: a state or situation in which two countries or groups (such as two political parties) have equal amounts of power

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to constrict the range or activity of

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