Definition of balance of power in English:

balance of power


  • 1A situation in which states of the world have roughly equal power.

    • ‘As already noted, Soviet power was certainly an important element in the Cold War balance of power in East Asia.’
    • ‘First, this process would by no means assign Turkey as the new main actor of the regional balance of power.’
    • ‘It's hard to see how a stable balance of power could be established under these conditions.’
    • ‘They believe a profound and long term shift of the balance of power away from nation states is underway.’
    • ‘This legislation changes the balance of power in corporate New Zealand.’
    • ‘For instance, policies of the balance of power might lead to assistance being given to regimes with bad human rights records.’
    • ‘Such a buildup could badly upset the balance of power in the region and threaten the peace, Reich asserts.’
    • ‘For the first time in history, be it unrecorded, ancient or modern, the world as a whole has no balance of power.’
    • ‘Peace in Europe during the Cold War rested on two pillars that made up the balance of power between the United States and the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘China, though only two years in the WTO, has shifted the balance of power, possibly permanently.’
  • 2The power held by a small group when larger groups are of equal strength.

    • ‘Chelsea's win leaves them the only remaining bastion of power in the south as the balance of power again swings north.’
    • ‘They could do whatever they want if they held the balance of power.’
    • ‘The power structure, in particular the balance of power between the centre and the periphery was in constant need of repair.’
    • ‘When you look at what has happened in the last eight years to the criminal law, there's a massive shift in the balance of power from defence to prosecution.’
    • ‘Not to be able to do so would mean that the balance of power in the workplace was shifted completely in favour of the employer and away from ordinary working people.’
    • ‘The great strength of this nation must be used to promote a balance of power that favors freedom.’
    • ‘It is necessary to re-examine the balance of power in the running of the different institutions that make up the global architecture.’
    • ‘The identity card scheme will cost £3bn and change the balance of power between the individual and the state.’
    • ‘He believed whatever choice, its impact would not be felt for long as the winners would rule with a minority balance of power.’
    • ‘The balance of power, once held by the consumer-goods companies, has increasingly shifted to the retailers.’


balance of power

/ˌbaləns əv ˈpaʊə/