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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Despite the club's financial outlay and social media sass, the Galaxy still have a really hard time defending, and no amount of imbalance in skill further up the field can cover that up. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 26: The West is Wild; Philly, NYCFC Clinch," 2 Sep. 2019 At the height of the gender imbalance in 2004, 121 boys were born in China for every 100 girls, according to Chinese population figures. Hannah Beech, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Ma, I’ve been sold’: Brides trafficked to China," 17 Aug. 2019 At the height of the gender imbalance in 2004, 121 boys were born in China for every 100 girls, according to Chinese population figures. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’," 17 Aug. 2019 The result of such imbalance is increased pressure put on power production from the trio of Arenado, Story and Blackmon, especially considering that league-wide 51 players are on pace to hit 30 or more home urns. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "With baseball amid a historic power surge, the Rockies find themselves behind the home run curve," 18 Aug. 2019 The results of the study, which was published Friday (Aug. 2), paint a stark portrait of that imbalance. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Female Artists Account for Just 21% of Songs on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart, New Study Finds," 2 Aug. 2019 No assessor can remedy the inherent unfairness of that imbalance. Bhaskar Chakravorti, The Conversation, "Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail," 29 July 2019 The cause and consequence of this imbalance is that most races are designed with men in mind. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 Part of that imbalance was because the Blues were awarded four power plays (double the Boston chances). Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how the Bruins turned the tables on the Blues in Game 6," 10 June 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

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

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