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balance of power

a distribution and opposition of forces among nations such that no single nation is strong enough to assert its will or dominate all the others.
Origin of balance of power
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for balance of power

balance of power

the distribution of power among countries so that no one nation can seriously threaten the fundamental interests of another
any similar distribution of power or influence
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balance of power in Culture

balance of power definition

A state of peace that results when rival nations are equally powerful and therefore have no good reason to wage war.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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