[ verb oh-ver-bal-uh ns; noun oh-ver-bal-uh ns ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈbæl əns; noun ˈoʊ vərˌbæl əns /

verb (used with object), o·ver·bal·anced, o·ver·bal·anc·ing.

to outweigh: The opportunity overbalances the disadvantages of leaving town.
to cause to lose balance or to fall or turn over: He accidentally overbalanced a vase.


an excessive weight or amount.
something that more than balances or more than equals: An overbalance of imports depleted the country's treasury.

Origin of overbalance

First recorded in 1600–10; over- + balance
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verb (ˌəʊvəˈbæləns)

to lose or cause to lose balance
(tr) another word for outweigh

noun (ˈəʊvəˌbæləns)

excess of weight, value, etc
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