Definition of unbalanced in US English:



  • 1Not keeping or showing an even balance; not evenly distributed.

    • ‘Essentially, my high school diploma represented an incomplete and unbalanced education.’
    • ‘If the three elements were unbalanced, then the company would gradually begin to erode.’
    • ‘This had led to an unbalanced distribution and areas located at a higher level and those at the tail end complained of poor supply.’
    • ‘Faced with this hard evidence that their classrooms, workplaces, and campuses were embarrassingly unbalanced, a number of academic spokesmen discounted our study.’
    • ‘Decentralisation of the water supply system is a solution to the improper and unbalanced water distribution system in Kerala.’
    • ‘Now if the fabric is a stripe, it could be what I call a balanced or an unbalanced repeat.’
    • ‘What China and India have in common is their sex ratios are unbalanced, due to a strong preference for boys and the presence of the technology to allow sex determination and abortions.’
    • ‘When they begin to worry that his upbringing may be too unbalanced, they enroll him in the nearby town's junior high school.’
    • ‘The NSS highlighted the manner in which Dublin and the greater Dublin area had developed and sought to redress what was now recognised as uneven and unbalanced growth in the country.’
    • ‘The upside of this setup is that it can accept either balanced or unbalanced signal input.’
    • ‘The aim of the drills is to begin in an unbalanced position, then stay balanced while lifting light weights or stretching.’
    • ‘Probes that bind to specific chromosomal telomeres can be used to identify balanced or unbalanced products in Robertsonian and reciprocal translocations.’
    • ‘The danger is that people cut things out of their diet and end up with a very unbalanced diet which in turn makes them ill.’
    • ‘Excessive or unbalanced development of output institutions such as the bureaucracy and the military is rare relative to input organizations, such as political parties and interest groups.’
    • ‘However, as people have seen elsewhere in York., the profits to be made from York's housing market is leading to unbalanced over-development in the city and the loss of local facilities.’
    • ‘The highly unbalanced and uneven distribution of the world's currency reserves is also a potential source of huge destabilisation.’
    • ‘Due to unbalanced development, most migrants tend to concentrate in the large, prosperous cities in coastal provinces.’
    • ‘His off season workout program isn't typical - Zito does strength work and lifts weights while in unbalanced situations, such as on a balance beam or on a physio ball.’
    • ‘The balanced rudder overwhelms the vertical in size and the unbalanced ailerons are roughly equivalent to barn doors.’
    • ‘We then repeated the test crosses of the 42 putative EP suppressor strains to D502 and this time tested both the unbalanced and the balanced male progeny.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) emotionally or mentally disturbed.
      • ‘Third, the several failed and foiled attacks reveal that the terrorists use low-level technology, and exploit unbalanced individuals, nothing like Atta.’
      • ‘That includes her mentally unbalanced mother and her nosy next-door neighbor/best friend Bunny.’
      • ‘Some of those she took in were broken, homeless, mentally unbalanced people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But that is as far as I can go in praising this decrepit and mentally unbalanced person.’
      • ‘This is about not letting mentally unbalanced people serve in the judiciary.’
      • ‘Is it wrong to not want mentally unbalanced people in your life?’
      • ‘Strong character scenes between the submissive husband and the increasingly unbalanced wife play effectively alongside the suspenseful kidnap and ransom sequences.’
      • ‘Moussaoui is clearly mentally disturbed and his being unbalanced led to his arrest.’
      • ‘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 a big city, and there are many predators and unbalanced people out there.’
      • ‘And as for the mentally unbalanced people that seem to be attracted to this site remember that hate is not a good thing.’
      • ‘To others, we are a combination of animals, brutes, deviates, psychopaths, products of broken homes, or just plain psychologically unbalanced individuals.’
      • ‘You are one crazy, mentally unbalanced, psychotic son of a bitch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is possible that he was mentally unbalanced.’
      • ‘The letter he left before the Hollybank House attempt clearly showed his mind then was unbalanced.’
      • ‘The White House physician, who was not a psychiatrist, did describe Coolidge in his unpublished autobiography as being mentally unbalanced and mentally deranged.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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    2. 1.2 (of an account) not giving accurate, fair, or equal coverage to all aspects; partial.
      ‘this may give an unbalanced impression of the competition’
      • ‘The story was unbalanced and unfair and made no attempt to present both sides of the issue, George says.’
      • ‘School children will be given an unbalanced and biased view which you can be certain will paint unions in the best possible light.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The most unbalanced newspapers were the Toronto Sun at 97 percent, the Vancouver Province at 84 percent and the Calgary Herald at 81 percent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would suggest that our views be sought by the media before they publish one-sided unbalanced articles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Questions of media bias came to the fore as members of the Liberal party machine accused the ABC of unbalanced coverage.’
      • ‘Glassie says the Herald story was unbalanced and was nothing more than a thinly disguised personal attack on the prime minister.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Protests and complaints about inaccuracies, unbalanced and unfair reporting, defamation and character assassinations, must be taken seriously and dealt with.’
      • ‘Bone is correct that Israel cops a horribly unbalanced and unjustified level of criticism.’
      • ‘They say her comments were unbalanced in favour of the prosecution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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