im·​bal·​ance | \ (ˌ)im-ˈba-lən(t)s How to pronounce imbalance (audio) \

Definition of imbalance

: lack of balance : the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion a vitamin imbalance racial imbalance in schools

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imbalanced \ (ˌ)im-​ˈba-​lən(t)st How to pronounce imbalanced (audio) \ adjective

Examples of imbalance in a Sentence

Her depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. the problem of racial imbalance in schools
Recent Examples on the Web Finally, several studies have shown that zinc deficiency increases oxidative stress, which is essentially an imbalance between the production of cell-damaging free radicals and the body's ability to counter their harmful effects. Cynthia Sass, Rd,, "Zinc Supplements: What to Know if You're Thinking of Taking Them," 24 June 2020 The good news is that EU policymakers are trying to redress the imbalance. The Economist, "Better tailored The euro area’s stimulus is less stingy than in past crises," 20 June 2020 To be clear, social media platforms didn’t create this imbalance. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Facebook and Twitter Want to Keep the Justice System Stacked Against Defendants," 19 June 2020 This imbalance isn’t just costing women and people of color professional opportunities. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Investment management is overwhelmingly dominated by white men—and it’s costing you money," 19 June 2020 That would produce a disturbance an imbalance in the forces. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Plate tectonics vs. erosion—what sets the height of a mountain range?," 13 June 2020 Indian Country approach has marginally improved, but the imbalance imposed by the federal system still looms. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Rebirth of Red Power," 1 June 2020 Similarly, children who received less financial help during the parent’s life may resent those who got more if the estate distribution doesn’t reflect that imbalance. cleveland, "Should you leave your children an equal inheritance?," 13 June 2020 Hydrocephalus is caused by an imbalance between how much cerebrospinal fluid is produced and how much is absorbed into the bloodstream., "The week in business," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of imbalance

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of imbalance was circa 1890

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29 Jun 2020

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“Imbalance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of imbalance

: a state or condition in which different things do not occur in equal or proper amounts


im·​bal·​ance | \ (ˈ)im-ˈbal-ən(t)s How to pronounce imbalance (audio) \

Medical Definition of imbalance

: lack of balance : the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion: as
a : loss of parallel relation between the optical axes of the eyes caused by faulty action of the extrinsic muscles and often resulting in diplopia
b : absence of biological equilibrium a vitamin imbalance if the ductus arteriosus fails to close, a circulatory imbalance results— E. B. Steen & Ashley Montagu
c : a disproportion between the number of males and females in a population

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imbalanced \ -​ən(t)st How to pronounce imbalanced (audio) \ adjective

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