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See also: Equipoise
- æquipoise (archaic)
- A state of balance; equilibrium.
- 1796, Edmund Burke, A Letter from the Right Honourable Edmund Burke to a Noble Lord, on the Attacks Made upon Him and His Pension, […], 10th edition, London: […] J. Owen, […], and F[rancis] and C[harles] Rivington, […], →OCLC:
- Government was unnerved, confounded, and in a manner suspended. Its equipoise was totally gone.
- 1878 January–December, Thomas Hardy, “The Figure against the Sky”, in The Return of the Native […], volume I, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], published 1878, →OCLC, book I (The Three Women), page 135:
- The words were not without emotion, and retained their level tone as if by a careful equipoise between imminent extremes.
- 1927–1929, M[ohandas] K[aramchand] Gandhi, “Raychandbhai”, in The Story of My Experiments with Truth: Translated from the Original in Gujarati, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Navajivan Press, →OCLC:
- And I saw him thus absorbed in godly pursuits in the midst of business, not once or twice, but very often. I never saw him lose his state of equipoise.
- 2021, Ronald Mann, Justices to consider awards of costs of appellate litigation, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 20, 2021)
- To my mind, the textual arguments in this case are close to equipoise.
- A counterbalance.
- (transitive) To act or make to act as an equipoise.
- (transitive) To cause to be or stay in equipoise.
(Can we add an example for this sense?)
act or make to act as equipoise