- not balanced or not properly balanced.
- lacking steadiness and soundness of judgment.
- mentally disordered; deranged.
- (of an account) not adjusted; not brought to an equality of debits and credits.
- Football. of or relating to an offensive line formation having more than three linemen on one side of the center.Compare balanced(def 2).
Origin of unbalanced
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3. disturbed, unsound, irrational.
- to throw or put out of balance.
- to disorder or derange, as the mind.
- unbalanced condition.
Origin of unbalance
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Examples from the Web for unbalanced
In Rwanda, an unbalanced ratio leaves 83 of every 100 citizens dependent on the leftover 17 for survival.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
August 31, 2014
But he neither liked nor trusted Governor La Follette, whom he regarded as unbalanced and dangerous to the Republican Party.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
Bob Smith: unbalanced, inconstant, and even more of a carpetbagger than the other guy.Sen. Bob Smith: The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave
December 4, 2013
The important challenge is to correct for the unbalanced and unfair nature of this exchange.Obama and Felipe Calderón Blow Chance to Talk Substance at G-20
John M. Ackerman
June 21, 2012
He has never voted to raise taxes; he has never voted to approve an unbalanced budget.Beware Ron Paul
July 13, 2011
I thought only of myself, and I behaved like a whining, unbalanced boy.The Gentleman From Indiana
You may say that Robespierre was morbid and unbalanced, and you may say the same of Bunyan.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Had the strain of the past few weeks unbalanced the professors mind?Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
Unbalanced by the shove, he stumbled over the Apache whom he had knocked senseless.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
It lifted Uncle Jabez from his seat, and unbalanced the boat.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
- lacking balance
- irrational or unsound; erratic
- mentally disordered or deranged
- biased; one-sidedunbalanced reporting
- (in double-entry book-keeping) not having total debit balances equal to total credit balances
- electronics (of signals or circuitry) not symmetrically disposed about earth or zero reference potential
- to upset the equilibrium or balance of
- to disturb the mental stability of (a person or his mind)
- imbalance or instability
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Word Origin and History for unbalanced
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