un·bal·anced | \ˌən-ˈba-lən(t)st \

Definition of unbalanced 

: not balanced: such as

a : not in equilibrium

b : mentally disordered : affected with mental illness

c : not adjusted so as to make credits equal to debits an unbalanced account

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He's been eating an unbalanced diet. horrific crimes that obviously were committed by a very unbalanced person

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And in both games the better team won against the team that was unbalanced with a superstar. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "France, Uruguay Deservedly Oust Messi's Argentina, Ronaldo's Portugal From World Cup," 30 June 2018 In the novel’s opening scene, Shelley has no self-awareness about how unbalanced her life has become. Stephanie Danler, New York Times, "Can Women Have It All? Not in Silicon Valley," 1 June 2018 Trump had railed against the unbalanced auto trade as a sign of why the bilateral free-trade deal was a bad one. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "South Korea agrees to open auto market in return for exemption from steel tariffs," 26 Mar. 2018 As the tomato fills with water, due to unbalanced breeding and [weather] conditions, a tear forms. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "This Cracked Tomato Healed Itself. No, Really!," 16 June 2015 More than 45 percent of children in the Lawrence school district were overweight or obese, according to a 2010 report by the state Department of Public Health, likely from unhealthy or unbalanced diets. Marek Mazurek, BostonGlobe.com, "In Lawrence, bodegas now carry healthier options," 9 July 2018 Sign-up Usually, this ends up producing a bottleneck of talent or results in hopelessly unbalanced teams. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Croatia: The World Cup’s Russian Nesting Dolls," 6 July 2018 The knockout bracket is looking unbalanced—with Spain as the biggest beneficiary On paper, one side of the knockout-rounds bracket has far more powerhouse teams than the other side. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Germany Out, Brazil Through, Mexico Gets a Hand in Decisive World Cup Group Finales," 27 June 2018 Bad for baseball The unbalanced schedule has been terrible for baseball. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, "Yankees' ire about Sunday Night Baseball just one example of MLB's 'ridiculous' schedule," 4 June 2018

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1650, in the meaning defined above

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un·bal·anced | \ˌən-ˈbal-ən(t)st \

Medical Definition of unbalanced 

: mentally disordered : affected with mental illness an unbalanced mind

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