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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How that happened is a lesson in the economics of imbalances. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Why Trump’s Effort to Narrow the Trade Gap Has Flopped So Far," 2 Mar. 2019 Dishotsky says the firm picks locations based on a number of criteria, including area job creation, the housing supply and demand imbalance, and regional job diversity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Coliving scales up with larger buildings, and bigger ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 There's a lot of voter registration imbalance in some of them. Fox News, "Preparations for a Trump-Kim summit getting back on track," 3 June 2018 An imbalance of buyers and sellers disrupted trading among bonds and other assets early in the session, traders said, spurring larger-than-average price fluctuations. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Wild Markets Pinch Trading, Vexing Investors," 7 Dec. 2018 And the #MeToo movement has been a sobering and infuriating reminder of the ugliness that results when there is an imbalance of power, ignorance of privilege and lack of respect. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Becky Hammon's hiring as NBA coach will send an important message – to men," 11 May 2018 This is because the hormone imbalance involved can prevent you from menstruating for some time. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s When to See a Doctor About Period Clots," 1 Mar. 2019 Dry eye symptoms can be caused by a salt imbalance. Good Housekeeping, "Suffering from dry eyes? Try TheraTears®," 19 Feb. 2019 The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10 percent rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade imbalance between the two countries. Jeff Karoub And Zeke Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China," 19 June 2018

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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

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

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