unbalanced

adjective

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unbalanced was in 1650

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“Unbalanced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbalanced. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

unbalanced

adjective
un·​bal·​anced ˌən-ˈbal-ən(t)st How to pronounce unbalanced (audio)
1
: not in a state of balance
2
: not completely sane
3
: not adjusted so as to make credits equal to debits
an unbalanced account

Medical Definition

unbalanced

adjective
un·​bal·​anced ˌən-ˈbal-ən(t)st How to pronounce unbalanced (audio)
: mentally disordered : affected with mental illness
an unbalanced mind

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