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 The Fed’s angst about the risks of falling inflationary expectations seems out of place, and its optimistic assessment of inflation is unbalanced. Mickey D. Levy And Michael D. Bordo, WSJ, "The Fed in the Sand as Inflation Threatens," 26 Apr. 2021 The ratio of preparation work to taste payoff was egregiously unbalanced. Los Angeles Times, "The freedom, and serenity, in using prepared artichokes," 16 Apr. 2021 Over the course of the book, Ms. Woolever never makes the claim that the guide is comprehensive — and the end result does feel incomplete and unbalanced. New York Times, "How Do You Write an Anthony Bourdain Book Without Anthony Bourdain?," 13 Apr. 2021 Factor in that military intervention on behalf of Donetsk and Luhansk doesn’t have the same political appeal to the Russian public as past forays into Georgia and Crimea did, and the risk-reward calculus is too unbalanced for Putin. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What Happens Next in the Rising Violence Between Ukraine and Russia," 10 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the only thing more puzzling than that unexpected week of postponements was the Mavericks’ disjointed, unbalanced showing Wednesday in Houston’s Toyota Center. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Dallas’ five-game win streak snapped as Luka Doncic, Mavericks lose ‘bad game’ to Rockets," 7 Apr. 2021 Data on designers is even more unbalanced: In the 2018-2019 theatrical season, 91% of Broadway design slots were filled with white designers. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "'A reset button' — Black theater leaders push for change," 26 Mar. 2021 These stories often get lost in the unbalanced media coverage that often happens around mass shootings. Joseph V. Sakran, Scientific American, "Biden: Push States and Cities to Use Stimulus Money for Gun Violence Prevention," 7 Mar. 2021 But the coin is becoming unbalanced, with U.S. federal investment in basic research declining by 50% as a share of GDP since 1977. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Buy a COVID vaccine, get an HIV vaccine for free?," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unbalanced

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unbalanced was in 1650

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4 May 2021

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“Unbalanced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbalanced. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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