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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 The deprivation created by this grotesque imbalance does not self-correct with a redistribution of wealth and resources, so ordinary people have been forced to demand those changes. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "Voting Trump Out Is Not Enough," 9 Nov. 2020 Hamad is concerned with how this imbalance of power affects feminism. Washington Post, "Ruby Hamad’s essay about White women’s tears went viral. ‘White Tears/Brown Scars’ delves deeper into performative victimhood.," 16 Oct. 2020 This measure stems from what lawmakers have warned is an imbalance in the state budget and the failure of tax reform efforts. Sydnee Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah has 7 amendments on the ballot. Here’s a rundown.," 16 Oct. 2020 Mike Novogratz, founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital Holdings, said there's a big imbalance right now in supply and demand, given how many new offerings are coming to market during a period of high insider selling. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "This week is a big test for the IPO market," 27 Sep. 2020 The book’s title suggests the imbalance in reception between traditional art mediums like painting and functional objects like textiles, as well as between a female and male artist. Los Angeles Times, "The 10 best coffee table books for the art museum obsessed," 30 Oct. 2020 This led to a huge supply-demand imbalance in the dairy industry. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "Home bakers bought more butter, lifted profits at Land O'Lakes," 30 Oct. 2020 Our ongoing but unpublished interviews with gig shoppers and delivery workers find that this imbalance has intensified during the pandemic. Juliet B. Schor, The Conversation, "Gig worker employment fights like those in California pit flexibility against a livable wage – but ‘platform cooperatives’ could ensure workers get both," 29 Oct. 2020 Shippers are paying record fees for empty containers because of a steep imbalance in trade in and out of China. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Tracking a Vaccine; Lasting Postal Slowdown; Megaships’ Broken Promise," 23 Oct. 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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20 Nov 2020

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“Imbalance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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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