Definition of imbalance in US English:

imbalance

noun

  • Lack of proportion or relation between corresponding things.

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

imbalance

/imˈbaləns//ɪmˈbæləns/