bal·​anced | \ˈba-lən(t)st \

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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Failure to sign a balanced budget into law by the end of the day Saturday would likely lead to a shutdown of nonessential services. Andrew Seidman,, "N.J. nears government shutdown as Dems feud over tax hikes," 29 June 2018 This could be accomplished by passing a bipartisan balanced budget, lowering taxes and reducing government spending. Dave Bangert, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Primary 2018: 4th District candidates discuss Trump, other priorities in Q&A," 4 May 2018 Dressed in a slightly sweet chili basil vinaigrette, several fat shrimp brought along enough spicy seasoning to ensure the compilation remained balanced. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "August Moon serves traditional Chinese food with a modern touch. You'll feel right at home," 11 Apr. 2018 The governor and lawmakers must pass a balanced budget by the July 1 start of fiscal 2019 or risk a state government shutdown. Elise Young,, "Murphy Offers New Jersey Lawmakers Compromises on Tax Increases," 27 June 2018 Doctors should be encouraging all of their patients to be active and maintain a balanced diet for the benefit of their overall health (while also recognizing that factors like time, financial resources, and abilities may affect their options). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018 The changes made for a balanced team that was relieved to pull out the win against Sweden. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Brazil and Germany try to salvage World Cup and advance," 26 June 2018 The book focuses on the importance of staying active, preserving the state of your mental health, belonging to a supportive community and eating a balanced diet. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "In the 'land of the immortals': Japan's centenarian pop band," 8 June 2018 Its important to talk to your vet about what a good, nutritionally balanced diet is for your pet. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Dr. Eric Mueller's tips for fighting pet obesity," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of balanced

1611, in the meaning defined above

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bal·​anced | \-ən(t)st \

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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