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over- +‎ balance


overbalance (third-person singular simple present overbalances, present participle overbalancing, simple past and past participle overbalanced)

  1. (transitive) To throw (someone or something) off balance.
  2. (intransitive) To lose one's balance.
  3. (intransitive) To have an excess weight.
  4. (intransitive) To overcompensate.
  5. (transitive) To exceed equality with; to outweigh.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Locke to this entry?)


overbalance (plural overbalances)

  1. Excess of weight or value; something more than an equivalent.
    an overbalance of exports
    • Jonathan Edwards
      [] if there is in man's nature a tendency to guilt and ill desert in a vast overbalance to virtue and merit []