[ uhn-bal-uhns ]
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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.

  1. unbalanced condition.

Origin of unbalance

First recorded in 1580–90; un-2 + balance

Other words from unbalance

  • un·bal·ance·a·ble, adjective

Words Nearby unbalance

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How to use unbalance in a sentence

  • In uncommon cases, loud, sudden noise can generate a sense of unbalance, which can translate into the same unsettling physical instability generated by rapid motion.

  • Symptoms should not be mistaken for causes, but pelvic diseases at least aggravate a tendency toward mental unbalance.

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

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

    The Scapegoat | Richard Maples
  • Herein lies the unbalance, the great biological menace to the future of civilization.

    The Pivot of Civilization | Margaret Sanger
  • They had imprisoned the king because he had given many evidences of mental unbalance.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for unbalance


/ (ʌnˈbæləns) /

  1. to upset the equilibrium or balance of

  2. to disturb the mental stability of (a person or his mind)

  1. imbalance or instability

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