Definition of imbalance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪmˈbæləns//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbæləns//
[countable, uncountable]
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a situation in which two or more things are not the same size or are not treated the same, in a way that is unfair or causes problems imbalance (in/of something) a global imbalance of/in power imbalance (between A and B) Attempts are being made to redress (= put right) the imbalance between our import and export figures. Postnatal depression is usually due to hormonal imbalance.Extra examples An imbalance in certain chemicals leads to disturbances in the brain’s function. Can he resolve the structural imbalance of the deficit? Chemical imbalances actually cause the sleep disturbances. Increased recruitment of women engineers will help correct the gender imbalance in the profession. The patient had long shown signs of mental imbalance. Vigorous action is needed to address global imbalances. an imbalance between imports and exports an imbalance of power or authority dangerous imbalances in potassium and other body chemicals the large trade imbalances now existing between Europe and the US Attempts are being made to redress the imbalance between our import and export figures. a global imbalance of/​in power
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