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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.
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1570-80 Unabridged
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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 definition

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

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