imbalance

noun
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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Other Words from imbalance

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

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Firshein begins by looking for underlying causes of fatigue or the ability to focus, such as hormone imbalance or conditions such as hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or Lyme disease. Vogue, "How I Learned to Find Focus Without Caffeine or an Adderall Prescription," 15 July 2019 The more Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lashes out over the limits of her own influence, the more obvious those limits become and the more the imbalance tilts in the direction of Pelosi, D-Calif. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Amid 'race card' allegations, Pelosi teaches Ocasio-Cortez a math lesson," 14 July 2019 So a work/life imbalance gets in the way of the pleasure parents feel in their children. The Economist, "Children make parents happy, after all," 10 July 2019 In the 2017 report, Smith School progressed into the impending imbalance category and has remained there. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Report: West Hartford schools are moving closer to racial balance, but 5 aren’t there yet," 8 July 2019 This mentality led to filling the fat void with carbs and sugar, which ultimately led to weight gain and a host of fat deficiency side effects, from dry skin to hormone imbalances. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "The Zero Carb Diet May Be a Simple Way to Lose Weight—But Is It Safe?," 8 July 2019 The agency said that imbalance put U.S. companies needing foreign talent at a competitive disadvantage. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "H-1B: Judge revives lawsuit seeking to kill foreign-student work permit, allows input from Big Tech and outsourcers," 5 July 2019 The donations are occurring amid debate over how best the richest Americans should use their money to help address income inequality and other economic imbalances. Tom Metcalf, chicagotribune.com, "Warren Buffett, Walmart heir, Home Depot co-founder giving away billions," 1 July 2019 The donations are occurring amid debate over how best the richest Americans should use their money to help address income inequality and other economic imbalances. latimes.com, "Warren Buffett to give away $3.6 billion to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 4 other charities," 1 July 2019

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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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imbalance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of imbalance

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

imbalance

noun
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

Other Words from imbalance

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

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