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

First Known Use of balance of power

1679, in the meaning defined above

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“Balance of power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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