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[uhn-bal-uh ns]
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verb (used with object), un·bal·anced, un·bal·anc·ing.
  1. to throw or put out of balance.
  2. to disorder or derange, as the mind.
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  1. unbalanced condition.
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Origin of unbalance

First recorded in 1580–90; un-2 + balance
Related formsun·bal·ance·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words for unbalance

instability, disequilibrium, astasia, disequilibration

Examples from the Web for unbalance

Historical Examples of unbalance

  • Was it a fact that she had allowed her loss to unbalance—well, her judgment?

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson

  • The shock, moreover, was enough to unbalance the most critical judgment.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • The only sensation was unbalance, as if I were walking uphill.

    The Scapegoat

    Richard Maples

  • An unbalance in one element will lock up another element until one has quite a time unlocking them again.

  • She had, in her high moments, believed herself an adventuress whose poise and plans nothing could unbalance.

British Dictionary definitions for unbalance


verb (tr)
  1. to upset the equilibrium or balance of
  2. to disturb the mental stability of (a person or his mind)
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  1. imbalance or instability
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