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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balance%20of%20power. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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balance of power

noun

English Language Learners Definition of balance of power

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

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