Definition of unbalanced in English:



  • 1(of a person) emotionally or mentally disturbed.

    ‘she considered him to be mentally unbalanced and dangerous’
    • ‘Some of those she took in were broken, homeless, mentally unbalanced people.’
    • ‘Is it wrong to not want mentally unbalanced people in your life?’
    • ‘In his youth he has suffered blackouts that repress chilling memories of childhood abuse, death and the absence of his mentally unbalanced father.’
    • ‘This is about not letting mentally unbalanced people serve in the judiciary.’
    • ‘As the 8-year-old niece who is stuck with her unbalanced aunt while she also mourns the loss of her mother, Maxime Foerste is excellent.’
    • ‘Strong character scenes between the submissive husband and the increasingly unbalanced wife play effectively alongside the suspenseful kidnap and ransom sequences.’
    • ‘The White House physician, who was not a psychiatrist, did describe Coolidge in his unpublished autobiography as being mentally unbalanced and mentally deranged.’
    • ‘That includes her mentally unbalanced mother and her nosy next-door neighbor/best friend Bunny.’
    • ‘But that is as far as I can go in praising this decrepit and mentally unbalanced person.’
    • ‘To others, we are a combination of animals, brutes, deviates, psychopaths, products of broken homes, or just plain psychologically unbalanced individuals.’
    • ‘Moussaoui is clearly mentally disturbed and his being unbalanced led to his arrest.’
    • ‘It is possible that he was mentally unbalanced.’
    • ‘You are one crazy, mentally unbalanced, psychotic son of a bitch.’
    • ‘And as for the mentally unbalanced people that seem to be attracted to this site remember that hate is not a good thing.’
    • ‘And even when this death is caused by an unbalanced person, there is a feeling of unfairness, that can even lead to a sense of hopelessness.’
    • ‘Being a studio picture, this is only the beginning, and we are taken on a ridiculous and unbelievable journey through the kind of paranormal world that only unbalanced fruitcakes could possibly relate to.’
    • ‘Containment is not possible when unbalanced dictators with weapons of mass destruction can deliver those weapons or missiles or secretly provide them to terrorist allies.’
    • ‘The letter he left before the Hollybank House attempt clearly showed his mind then was unbalanced.’
    • ‘Third, the several failed and foiled attacks reveal that the terrorists use low-level technology, and exploit unbalanced individuals, nothing like Atta.’
    • ‘This is a big city, and there are many predators and unbalanced people out there.’
    unstable, of unsound mind, mentally ill, deranged, demented, crazed, troubled, disturbed, unhinged, insane, mad, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, raving mad, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, neurotic, psychotic
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  • 2Not giving accurate, fair, or equal coverage to all aspects; partial.

    ‘this may give an unbalanced impression of the competition’
    • ‘When judicial matters are one of the principal foci of borough and national records, we unavoidably receive an impression, not so much exaggerated as unbalanced, of the misdemeaning or felonious conduct of townsmen.’
    • ‘Then we could file briefs pointing out the unfair and unbalanced nature of FoxNews coverage.’
    • ‘The board accused McBeth of writing an unbalanced manuscript that was biased against the conservative resurgence within the SBC.’
    • ‘Protests and complaints about inaccuracies, unbalanced and unfair reporting, defamation and character assassinations, must be taken seriously and dealt with.’
    • ‘I was taken aback to read the rather slanted and unbalanced coverage of the debate on the issue of protected structures in last week's issue of the Weekender.’
    • ‘The story was unbalanced and unfair and made no attempt to present both sides of the issue, George says.’
    • ‘Glassie says the Herald story was unbalanced and was nothing more than a thinly disguised personal attack on the prime minister.’
    • ‘The most unbalanced newspapers were the Toronto Sun at 97 percent, the Vancouver Province at 84 percent and the Calgary Herald at 81 percent.’
    • ‘The producer of the hit ‘Vets on Call’ television programme shot in North Mayo has defended the series against an attack from a farm leader who said it was unbalanced.’
    • ‘The thing about this biography is that it is not fair, it is unbalanced and it is biased, and it is what John Howard would call a ‘black armband biography’.’
    • ‘You won't be able to support businesses that fund this kind of fraudulent and unbalanced partisanship.’
    • ‘I would suggest that our views be sought by the media before they publish one-sided unbalanced articles.’
    • ‘School children will be given an unbalanced and biased view which you can be certain will paint unions in the best possible light.’
    • ‘They say her comments were unbalanced in favour of the prosecution.’
    • ‘Questions of media bias came to the fore as members of the Liberal party machine accused the ABC of unbalanced coverage.’
    • ‘On this day, of all days, they choose to spread their unfair, unbalanced message, a message that I think can only be fairly understood as expressing hostility to our great country.’
    • ‘Like journalists, politicians selectively quote the facts, they only tell one side of the story, and they give unbalanced and biased opinions.’
    • ‘Opposition indigenous affairs spokesman Kim Carr said the government's policy was unfair, unbalanced and one-sided.’
    • ‘Bone is correct that Israel cops a horribly unbalanced and unjustified level of criticism.’
    • ‘Its choice of interviewees is often unbalanced, it employs double standards in treating one side far more roughly than the other, and much of its questioning rests on a series of highly partisan assumptions.’
    biased, prejudiced, skewed, one-sided, lopsided, partisan, factional, partial, inequitable, unjust, unfair, uneven, unequal
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