balance of power


noun

a distribution and opposition of forces among nations such that no single nation is strong enough to assert its will or dominate all the others.

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Origin of balance of power

First recorded in 1570–80
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British Dictionary definitions for balance of power

balance of power

noun

the distribution of power among countries so that no one nation can seriously threaten the fundamental interests of another
any similar distribution of power or influence
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Cultural definitions for balance of power

balance of power

A state of peace that results when rival nations are equally powerful and therefore have no good reason to wage war.

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