disequilibrium

noun
dis·equi·lib·ri·um | \(ˌ)dis-ˌē-kwə-ˈli-brē-əm, -ˌe-kwə-\

Definition of disequilibrium 

: loss or lack of equilibrium

Examples of disequilibrium in a Sentence

The condition is caused by a disequilibrium in the brain's chemistry.

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Even happy events—going off to college, the birth of a child—can throw a system into a state of disequilibrium. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Here’s When Family Therapy Can Help," 9 July 2018 Roger Bootle, founder of Capital Economics, says the next five to 10 years will be disequilibrium on steroids. Bloomberg.com, "China Isn’t Manipulating Currency, Commerce Secretary Ross Says," 12 May 2017 About 70 diplomats were evaluated for symptoms ranging from hearing loss, tinnitus, disequilibrium, headaches, facial and abdominal pain, memory and sleep disorders, concussions and nausea. Nora Gámez Torres And Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Tillerson to weigh in soon on acoustic events in Havana | Miami Herald," 8 Jan. 2018 But the practices made possible by the post-1970 rules have contributed to institutional disequilibrium, destabilizing the Constitution’s design by inciting a dangerous expansion of presidential power. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Filibuster? Make it more taxing for all," 30 Mar. 2017 But the practices made possible by the post-1970 rules have contributed to institutional disequilibrium, destabilizing the Constitution’s design by inciting a dangerous expansion of presidential power. George F. Will, The Mercury News, "Will: Senate should end filibuster’s power of obstruction," 30 Mar. 2017 Much has changed in Pakistan since the first time Sharif was dismissed from office in 1993, but that disequilibrium remains. chicagotribune.com, "The downfall of Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif and the triumph of stupidity," 4 Aug. 2017 But the practices made possible by the post-1970 rules have contributed to institutional disequilibrium, destabilizing the Constitution’s design by inciting a dangerous expansion of presidential power. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Filibuster? Make it more taxing for all," 30 Mar. 2017 But the practices made possible by the post-1970 rules have contributed to institutional disequilibrium, destabilizing the Constitution’s design by inciting a dangerous expansion of presidential power. George F. Will, The Mercury News, "Will: Senate should end filibuster’s power of obstruction," 30 Mar. 2017

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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disequilibrium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disequilibrium

: a loss or lack of balance

disequilibrium

noun
dis·equi·lib·ri·um | \(ˌ)dis-ˌē-kwə-ˈlib-rē-əm, -ˌek-wə- \
plural disequilibriums or disequilibria\-rē-ə \

Medical Definition of disequilibrium 

: loss or lack of equilibrium ionic disequilibrium in a resting nerve cell emotional disequilibrium

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