Definition of balanced in US English:



  • 1Keeping or showing a balance; arranged in good proportions.

    ‘she assembled a balanced team’
    • ‘Overall the team is more balanced; there are fewer gaps between their lines.’
    • ‘It is a balanced business with activities in Britain and America.’
    • ‘Surely it is incumbent upon them to have a more balanced team or better still let all the home nations have their own channels for such events.’
    • ‘What made that show work was the creative team's balanced interest in its cast.’
    • ‘It is crucial to the problem of developing a balanced, sustainable and responsible tourism sector.’
    • ‘Pelt have emerged in the new millennium as a strong and balanced team, confident in their own abilities and aware of the struggle that may lie ahead on the road to recognition.’
    • ‘Within our company I do the writing, my partner does the technical support, and in that way we're a balanced team.’
    • ‘With a balanced attack, your team can maintain a higher pace using frequent platoon-style substitutions.’
    • ‘As a result, says Harper, he is working hard to create a more balanced client portfolio.’
    • ‘Indisputably, India was the most balanced of the eight teams on view and richly deserved the triumph.’
    • ‘It enables a balanced workload within the team and, as outlined in IBM's proposal request, is transparent to the end users.’
    • ‘The duty of the pediatrician and the parent is to support the child's body in ways that facilitate its return to a balanced state.’
    • ‘A balanced women will give you space and respect your boundaries, because she will demand her own space and will have her own boundaries.’
    • ‘Well you'd expect a balanced team to work together and it hasn't done that.’
    • ‘Rathvilly are an evenly balanced team, strong in all positions and belief in themselves should see them just about secure a place in the next round.’
    • ‘The pair of them make a delightfully balanced couple, his gentle intellectuality counterpoised by her firm practicality.’
    • ‘Maintaining a consistent roster from year to year and signing players of similar ethnic backgrounds has helped to produce one of the most balanced, fluid teams in the world.’
    • ‘We have brought more youngsters into the team and the team has a more balanced look about it.’
    • ‘This is not good news for the development of a balanced physician workforce thought to be necessary for effective, sustainable healthcare.’
    • ‘Aragorn's the balanced fighter, while Gimli is the most powerful and Legolas is the speediest but weakest character.’
    practical, sensible, realistic, matter-of-fact, responsible, full of common sense, reasonable, rational, logical, sound, sober, no-nonsense, pragmatic, level-headed, serious-minded, businesslike, commonsensical, hard-headed, sane, mundane, unromantic, unidealistic
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    1. 1.1 Taking everything into account; fairly judged or presented.
      ‘accurate and balanced information’
      • ‘To ask electors for an opinion without providing them with comprehensive details is bound to result in emotional responses rather than a balanced and logical reply.’
      • ‘Our own media have some responsibility to try to present a balanced picture instead of always gravitating for the sensational.’
      • ‘So they're already presenting a pretty balanced picture.’
      • ‘In doing so, the author presents a balanced account of the successes and the failures of Italy's greatest prime minister of the twentieth century.’
      • ‘Glenny does his best to combat stereotyping and present a balanced, analytical account.’
      • ‘The media checks and rechecks facts, and presents reports in a balanced and objective manner to build trust among its readers and advertisers.’
      • ‘What this member is trying to do is to get the full information together so that it can be presented in a balanced manner, even if the member who is asking for it is not.’
      • ‘Information on risk must be presented in a balanced manner.’
      • ‘This account makes no effort to present a balanced view; rather, the author implies that his assessment is based on incontrovertible evidence.’
      • ‘A rational approach and a balanced perspective is needed to resolve conflicts with logic and clarity rather than with an emotional approach.’
      • ‘The Rich Tea will be chosen by someone sober, strategic and discerning who sees all the options and helps the team make balanced decisions.’
      • ‘We must be very careful to ensure that this is sensible law-making, and that it is balanced and responsible, and not reckless.’
      • ‘Your predecessors of the Business Roundtable regularly asserted a balanced philosophy of corporate responsibility.’
      • ‘Here, the freedom of the press must go hand in hand with the editorial responsibility of accurate and balanced reporting.’
      • ‘Having put the recent storms over the use of intelligence into a balanced and reasoned perspective, he concludes with the following sobering observation.’
      • ‘His response is more balanced than his original piece.’
      • ‘This isn't because I think drivers should be allowed to do anything they want but because I think these things need to be presented in a balanced manner.’
      • ‘Isn't there some sort of balanced, measured response to publishing a story like that?’
      • ‘The site purports to be a balanced presentation of information about New Zealand's future energy needs and how we might solve them.’
      • ‘That to me sounds like a reasonable and balanced approach.’
      fair, equitable, just, unbiased, unprejudiced, objective, impartial, dispassionate, in proportion, that takes everything into account
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    2. 1.2 (especially of food) having different elements in the correct proportions.
      ‘a healthy, balanced diet’
      • ‘Everything was perfectly balanced and cooked just right.’
      • ‘You should eat a balanced diet with foods rich in folic acid, such as green leafy vegetables, broccoli, oranges, and bananas.’
      • ‘Most chef's will tell you that a balanced dish contains each of five key elements - sweet, sour, salty, hot and bitter.’
      • ‘In the meantime, we advocate a varied and balanced diet plus exercise as the best insurance of good health.’
      • ‘Our salad bars are very popular on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the children get a healthy and balanced diet from their school meals.’
      • ‘We ensured that he ate small amounts of good food in a balanced diet, drank lots of water and took only two supplements every day - a multivitamin/mineral tablet as well as a gram of vitamin C.’
      • ‘If you eat the right foods, eat a balanced diet, and take the right supplements, you stand a reasonable chance of warding off problems.’
      • ‘There is always a shortage of properly balanced food items in your local homeless shelter.’
      • ‘Offered nutritionally balanced food plus sugar water after 12 hours without food, the rats gradually increased their sugar intake.’
      • ‘The first is about healthy eating and a balanced diet, with the focus on enjoying quality food rather than feeling deprived.’
      • ‘Every noodle dish we tried was excellent, the noodles firm and the sauces well prepared and boasting balanced flavors.’
      • ‘A malnourished body requires a complete balanced food packet that builds up its ability to absorb nutrients.’
      • ‘Traditional, organic soy foods, incorporated into a varied, balanced diet, are healthy.’
      • ‘Many health experts encourage people to incorporate soy foods into a balanced diet and discourage solely taking soy supplements.’
      • ‘The Chinese viewpoint of a balanced diet is very different from that in the West.’
      • ‘The plebeian ‘chai garam’ is proving to be the next vital element of a balanced diet.’
      • ‘They can't replace the hundreds of nutrients in the foods of a balanced diet.’
      • ‘The passion fruit and mango syrup complemented the dish well with a very good combination of flavours, a well balanced dish which refreshed the palate.’
      mixed, varied
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    3. 1.3 (of a person or state of mind) having no emotion lacking or too strong; stable.
      ‘a balanced personality’
      • ‘After their bath I sat on Zoe's bed and I told them both that being proud of oneself was the bedrock of a balanced personality.’
      • ‘And he talked about this as a place that helps him become a balanced person.’
      • ‘The goal is not just to have children with a high IQ alone, but also to strive to have a child with a balanced personality.’
      • ‘Despite my rude disappointment as a child, I turned out a balanced person with realistic expectations.’
      • ‘Matchmakers must avoid trying to take advantage of this situation to push services or to charge prices that would not interest the client if he or she were in a more balanced state of mind.’
      level-headed, well balanced, well adjusted, sensible, practical, realistic, with both feet on the ground, with one's feet on the ground, prudent, circumspect, pragmatic, wise, reasonable, rational, mature, stable, sane, even-tempered, commonsensical, full of common sense, judicious, sound, sober, businesslike, reliable, dependable
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    4. 1.4 (of an electrical circuit or signal) being symmetrical with respect to a reference point, typically ground.
      • ‘It is based on solenoid injectors with balanced valve and feedback control strategies.’
      • ‘I prefer to call this a balanced electrical service because that is what it actually is, not a "two-phase" system, as some call it.’
      • ‘After incubation on ice for 45 minutes, the cells were washed twice in a balanced electrolyte solution.’
      • ‘Why wouldn’t I want a balanced charge?’
      • ‘These two elements must combine in a ratio of 1: 3 to give an electrically balanced compound.’
      • ‘The voltage value is set to provide a balanced ion condition in the work space near the electrical ionizer.’