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balance of power

noun
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:
1570–80

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balance of power
 
n
1.  the distribution of power among countries so that no one nation can seriously threaten the fundamental interests of another
2.  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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