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English definition of “imbalance”


noun [C or U]     /ˌɪmˈbæləns/
a situation in which two or more things are not equal in size , power , importance , etc. or in which one group has more advantages than the other: imbalance of/in sth The growing gender imbalance in computer science and IT fields has many experts puzzled .imbalance between sth and sth an imbalance between salaries and housing costs cause/create/lead to an imbalance Orders to buy or sell large quantities of stocks can lead to an imbalance in supply and demand for shares . address / redress / correct an imbalance → Compare balance noun
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