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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He's been eating an unbalanced diet. horrific crimes that obviously were committed by a very unbalanced person
Recent Examples on the Web As patients age, the immune system can become unbalanced, prompting a more severe response which can cause severe symptoms. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Age, race and underlying conditions: What makes you more susceptible to coronavirus?," 7 Apr. 2020 According to patents filed by the company, a counterbalance spinning opposite the rocket gets released at the same time, preventing the tether from becoming unbalanced and vibrating into oblivion. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret," 29 Jan. 2020 The Three Gorges Dam has also unbalanced the lake’s water flow, which some scientists believe causes much of its shrinkage. National Geographic, "Red-crowned crane," 24 Feb. 2020 Al Davis was a sucker for fast receivers, and if Mark Davis is anything like his dad and Jeudy posts a good 40 time, that could translate to an unbalanced —and somewhat crazy — trade with the Lions. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here are the Detroit Lions' best- and worst-case 2020 NFL draft scenarios," 20 Jan. 2020 This unbalanced power dynamic isn’t fully explored, something Aciman also didn't unpack in the first novel (Elio is 17 and Oliver is 24, controversial in its own right). David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'Call Me by Your Name' sequel 'Find Me' is lustful, magical but frustrating," 21 Oct. 2019 At the time, payouts were comically unbalanced: The prize for the men’s singles winner at the 1968 U.S. Open was $14,000 (though Arthur Ashe was then an amateur and couldn’t accept the money). Los Angeles Times, "Why Billie Jean King will never take no for an answer," 9 Mar. 2020 And because the system is so unbalanced at the state level, (renters) don't have a leg to stand on, and many of them won't even show up to court. Amelia Pak-harvey, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana lawmakers put Hogsett's tenant protection proposals in jeopardy," 24 Feb. 2020 The playing was accomplished but often unbalanced: With trumpeter William Gerlach and hornist Abel Pereira leading the way, the brass was in particularly fine form, but also tended to take over the discussion, even in secondary lines. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "Noseda returns to the NSO podium and, just in time, finds the narrative," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unbalanced

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbalanced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbalanced. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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