un·​bal·​anced | \ ˌən-ˈba-lən(t)st How to pronounce unbalanced (audio) \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for unbalanced


balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, nutty, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]


balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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Examples of unbalanced in a Sentence

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

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This unbalanced population was one argument school leaders gave for moving away from the current Orchard Park location. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Here's when the Carmel schools redistricting process will start," 27 June 2019 With someone like Thor and someone like Cap working toward the same objective, things could potentially get a little unbalanced, but Therien says the level design has been crafted with each hero’s strengths in mind. Evan Lewis, EW.com, "5 takeaways from the Marvel's Avengers E3 gameplay demo," 12 June 2019 Unlike in past years, MLS scheduled an unbalanced number of matches among the three Cascadia Cup teams this season due to the entry of expansion club LAFC into the Western Conference. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Rules for awarding 2018 Cascadia Cup announced," 21 May 2017 An all-hard-material space feels wrong, and a space with too many soft materials feels unbalanced. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "Here's Why Texture Is an Interior Designer's Secret Weapon," 6 Mar. 2019 His absence hurts, especially in a Wade Phillips scheme that moves its corners around against unbalanced formations. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The NFL’s Most Dynamic Team? 10 Thoughts on the 2018 Rams," 18 June 2018 Okay, so just briefly, the President's position is that the trade system since the end of World War II has been unbalanced. Fox News, "Anthony Scaramucci on Trump's Ohio rally, 2018 midterms," 5 Aug. 2018 Something felt unbalanced, as if a stealth assault had been made on the limbic system, the lacy cortical network that forms the architecture of our primal needs and emotions: pleasure, anger, fear. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 Shifting parts of the mantle create unbalanced weight which can throw off the planet’s spin. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Are Causing Earth to Wobble," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unbalanced

1650, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unbalanced

: not having equal weight on all sides
: not having good or equal amounts of all the necessary parts of something
: not completely sane


un·​bal·​anced | \ ˌən-ˈbal-ən(t)st How to pronounce unbalanced (audio) \

Medical Definition of unbalanced

: mentally disordered : affected with mental illness an unbalanced mind

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