bal·​anced | \ ˈba-lən(t)st How to pronounce balanced (audio) \

Definition of balanced

: being in a state of balance : having different parts or elements properly or effectively arranged, proportioned, regulated, considered, etc. a balanced diet a balanced blend of ingredients balanced flavors a football team with a balanced offense providing a balanced solution a fair and balanced assessment trying to lead a more balanced life a balanced budget [=a budget in which total revenues equal or exceed total expenses]

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But conditions and circumstances were far different this time, and this American lineup was far more balanced. Brian Straus,, "No Vengeance but Just Reward for USMNT in Gold Cup Rout of Trinidad and Tobago," 22 June 2019 The original Olmstead decision, authored by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was far more balanced than DOJ portends. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Mississippi’s Mental-Illness Policies Are Working. DOJ Is Challenging Them.," 17 June 2019 The voices of women are crucial to a fair and balanced view of the world, both in front of and behind the camera. Kristen Mcnicholas, National Geographic, "Your best photos of the week, March 8, 2019," 7 Mar. 2019 After receiving Bertomeu’s report, though, Francis did an about-face, blaming a ‘‘lack of truthful and balanced information’’ about the case for his missteps. Nicole Winfield,, "Pope’s Chile abuse summit ends amid signs heads will roll," 17 May 2018 Napheesa Collier led a balanced attack with 23 points, and No. Pat Eaton-robb, The Seattle Times, "Collier, Walker lead No. 3 UConn to 93-57 rout of UCF," 27 Jan. 2019 Becoming a mom allowed me to shift from being a nutrition expert who eats a certain way all the time to a woman who understands the struggle of getting a balanced meal on the table for herself and her family. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "3 Ways I Make Nutrition Advice More Culturally Relevant to Muslim Women Like Myself," 3 Apr. 2019 Having a balanced portfolio of mutual funds that hold stocks and bonds will be less risky than holding individual stocks., "Stocks could still be smart investment after age 70, if handled carefully," 21 June 2018 Ultimately, the only effective risk management strategy is to recognize the political risk and have a balanced portfolio of markets to sell into. Harry Kobrak, Detroit Free Press, "Lessons from U.S. auto companies' historic leadership in the Japanese market," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of balanced

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balanced was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of balanced

: having good or equal amounts of all the necessary parts of something


bal·​anced | \ -ən(t)st How to pronounce balanced (audio) \

Medical Definition of balanced

1 : having the physiologically active elements mutually counteracting a balanced solution
2 of a diet or ration : furnishing all needed nutrients in the amount, form, and proportions needed to support healthy growth and productivity

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