balance of power

noun phrase

: 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

Examples of balance of power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Hezbollah’s rise in the last three decades has fundamentally altered this balance of power. Maryclare Roche, Foreign Affairs, 12 July 2024 However, the foundation of the decision’s rationale was the same issue Williams identified — a proper balance of power among the three branches. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 9 July 2024 With the Greens also losing a number of seats, many scientists worry the new balance of power will aggravate an ongoing trend toward watering down the EU’s environmental ambitions., 3 July 2024 Symmetrically, to protect the executive branch from the Article I branch’s propensity to disturb the Constitution’s balance of power by aggressive legislation, the president is vested with authorities that may not be eroded by Congress — including by its power to enact penal laws. The Editors, National Review, 2 July 2024 The war might not have come to pass had Germany’s leaders after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck not been so brazen about altering the naval balance of power. Odd Arne Westad, Foreign Affairs, 13 June 2024 Moreover, the Saudis had expressed willingness during the Trump presidency to normalize relations with Israel, which would tilt the regional balance of power against Iran and in the U.S.’s favor. Massimo Calabresi / Washington, TIME, 4 June 2024 Three years later, at the 1961 summit in Vienna, Kennedy hoped to agree on a balance of power in Europe with Khrushchev, but the summit broke down and failed to arrive at a resolution on the status of West Berlin. Dmitri Alperovitch, Foreign Affairs, 15 May 2024 An effective city government structure should strive to achieve a balance of power that allows for efficient decision-making, representation of diverse interests, transparency, and accountability. Baltimore Sun Media, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1679, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balance of power was in 1679

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“Balance of power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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