- imbalanceis a surprisingly recent word (19c), first used as a technical term in ophthalmology and now used generally in many contexts:
• The imbalance in the world's financial system has become grotesque —Times, 1969
• The marked increase in the average salary reflects both the imbalance of supply and demand for health workers —Scientific American, 1973
• Teaching implies an imbalance of knowledge, otherwise it would not be necessary —B. Bergonzi, 1990.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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imbalance — UK US /ˌɪmˈbæləns/ noun [C or U] ► a situation in which two or more things are not equal in size, power, importance, etc. or in which one group has more advantages than the other: imbalance of/in sth »The growing gender imbalance in computer… … Financial and business terms
imbalance — I noun difference, disequilibrium, disparity, disproportion, dissimilarity, distortion, diversity, inconstancy, inequality, irregularity, unevenness, unjust distribution, variableness II index difference, disparity, distortion, inequality … Law dictionary
imbalance — (n.) 1895, from IM (Cf. im ) not + BALANCE (Cf. balance) (n.) … Etymology dictionary
imbalance — ► NOUN ▪ a lack of proportion or balance … English terms dictionary
imbalance — [im bal′əns] n. lack of balance, as in proportion, force, functioning, etc … English World dictionary
Imbalance — Monolake/Imbalance Computer Music Monolake/Imbalance Computer Music Filiale de Fondé en 1999 Fondateur Robert Henke … Wikipédia en Français
imbalance — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ growing ▪ dangerous, extreme, huge, massive, serious, severe ▪ dangerous imbalances in potassium and other body chemicals … Collocations dictionary
imbalance — UK [ɪmˈbæləns] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms imbalance : singular imbalance plural imbalances a situation in which the balance between two things is not equal or fair a trade imbalance imbalance of: a slight imbalance of power… … English dictionary
imbalance — im|bal|ance [ ım bæləns ] noun count or uncount a situation in which the balance between two things is not equal or fair: a trade imbalance imbalance between: the imbalance between the sexes imbalance of: a slight imbalance of power imbalance in … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
imbalance — im|bal|ance [ımˈbæləns] n [U and C] a lack of a fair or correct balance between two things, which results in problems or unfairness = ↑inequality imbalance in ▪ The government must redress the imbalance (=put it right) in spending on black and… … Dictionary of contemporary English