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From dis- +‎ balance


disbalance (countable and uncountable, plural disbalances)

  1. Lack of balance, imbalance.
    • c. 1901, The Living Races of Mankind, New York: C.L. Bowman & Co., Volume 1, Chapter 8, part 3, p. 215,[1]
      I may remind the reader that if Southern Tibet were at a lower elevation its climate would be hot, the latitude of Lhassa being given as practically the same (if anything slightly south) as that of Cairo. So that the intense cold is merely produced by the elevation, and the heat of the sun’s rays is intensified by the great clearness of the rarefied air; hence the great disbalances in the temperature, which make the problem of dressing a difficult one.
    • 1932, Arthur Dahlberg, Jobs, Machines, and Capitalism, New York: Macmillan, Chapter 2, p. 63,[2]
      The mismanagement of money can disrupt our technological production by disrupting business transactions, but a proper management of money can not eliminate the disbalance between job seekers and job opportunities that already exists.
    • 2016, Emma Gilleece, “Take the spat out of spatial,” Village, 30 November, 2016,[3]
      A particularly robust intervention will be required if Ireland’s disbalance between Dublin’s primacy and its laggard provincial cities, is to be addressed.



disbalance (third-person singular simple present disbalances, present participle disbalancing, simple past and past participle disbalanced)

  1. To cause to be unbalanced.
    • 1867, A. Kerr, “Hints on Conservatory Decoration in Autumn,” The Gardener, a magazine of horticulture and floriculture, Edinburgh: W. Blackwood, June, 1867, p. 223,[4]
      Remove all flowers, and pinch back shoots threatening to disbalance or spoil the forms of the plants.
    • c. 1870, Alexander Stewart, A Practical Bible Temperance Commentary, Aberdeen: William Lindsay, p. 74,[5]
      The conduct of the Nazarite was virtuous in a two-fold sense. On the one hand, he exemplified the advantages of an abstaining life, and on the other, he symbolically represented separation from immorality which beclouds the intellect and dissipates the will, by totally refraining from that intoxicating principle, which darkens and disbalances reason.
    • 1961, Justin Pikunas, Psychology of Human Development, New York: McGraw-Hill, Chapter 21, p. 279,[6]
      For women the menopause can be quite upsetting. When the ovarian productivity declines, the total biochemical controls of the body are affected. Powerful psychological reactions may be even more disbalancing.