Definition of imbalance in English:

imbalance

noun

  • [mass noun] Lack of proportion or relation between corresponding things:

    ‘tension is generated by the imbalance of power’
    [count noun] ‘the condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance’
    • ‘This imbalance is forcing up wages and prompting companies to bring in foreign workers.’
    • ‘An imbalance between these two often causes the quest for gender equality to be shrouded in confusion.’
    • ‘They are not necessarily a match made in heaven, and not only because of their income imbalance.’
    • ‘It is in a temporary state of imbalance, and it tends as much as possible to maintain this imbalance.’
    • ‘The Conservatives claimed any short-term imbalance could be evened out over the economic cycle.’
    • ‘In case mention of acupuncture has alarmed you, treatment of this imbalance is a gentle process.’
    • ‘But boil away all the froth and you are still left with a residue of stark imbalance in the treatment of the two sides.’
    • ‘Besides, all other forms of human intrusion into the habitat could cause imbalance.’
    • ‘Although the list of ingredients reveals added sugar, the tastebuds detect no imbalance.’
    • ‘Domestic economic imbalances and disproportionalities are relatively muted.’
    • ‘The group said that imbalance could lead to a squeeze on stocks which may feed through to more price rises in future.’
    • ‘The cups rely on a slight pressure imbalance to keep the liquid from leaking out.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is also another kind of gender imbalance within higher education.’
    • ‘But finance ministers can try to anticipate where the next imbalance is likely to emerge.’
    • ‘This imbalance is affecting people's capacity for pleasure, love, success and a healthy life.’
    • ‘So what can be done about this imbalance between baseball and football coverage?’
    • ‘Too much food, particularly protein, in the initial phase aggravates the metabolic imbalance.’
    • ‘The imbalance in police resources between York and rural North Yorkshire has at last begun to be addressed.’
    • ‘As last week, my Monday morning brain chemical imbalance has struck again.’
    • ‘Any imbalance between the flow of goods in and the flow out will push the dollar down or up according to the basic laws of supply and demand.’
    disparity, variance, unevenness, polarity, contrast, variation, disproportion, lopsidedness, misproportion, lack of harmony, lack of relation
    gulf, breach, split, gap
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Pronunciation:

imbalance

/ɪmˈbal(ə)ns/