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balance

noun
 
 
/ˈbæləns/
WEIGHT [U] B2 the state of having your weight spread in such a way that you do not fall over: I lost my balance and fell off the bike. The force of the explosion threw him off balance (= it was difficult for him to stay standing).Balance and imbalance
EQUAL [U, no plural] B2 a situation in which the correct amount of importance is given to each thing so that a situation is successful: We hope to strike a balance between police powers and the protection of citizens. The new factory will destroy the ecological balance in the area. → Opposite imbalanceBalance and imbalance
FAIR [U] the quality something has when it considers all the facts in a fair way: I felt his report lacked balance.Justice and fairness
on balance B2 used to give your opinion after you have considered all the facts about something: On balance, I'd prefer a woman dentist to a man.Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions
MONEY [C] B2 the amount of money that you still have to pay, or that you have left to use: [usually singular] I always pay off the balance on my credit card each month.Things remainingBanks and bank accounts
(Definition of balance noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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