N-VAR: oft N in/between pl-n
If there is an imbalance in a situation, the things involved are not the same size, or are not the right size in proportion to each other.

...the imbalance between the two sides in this war. international strategy to reduce trade imbalances.


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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 — is 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… …   Modern English usage

  • 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

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