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[verb oh-ver-bal-uh ns; noun oh-ver-bal-uh ns] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈbæl əns; noun ˈoʊ vərˌbæl əns/
verb (used with object), overbalanced, overbalancing.
to outweigh:
The opportunity overbalances the disadvantages of leaving town.
to cause to lose balance or to fall or turn over:
He accidentally overbalanced a vase.
an excessive weight or amount.
something that more than balances or more than equals:
An overbalance of imports depleted the country's treasury.
Origin of overbalance
1600-10; over- + balance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for overbalance
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  • He is always heavier—why doesn't he overbalance the small child?

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • This trouble and delay may overbalance the supposed advantages.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • The certainty that his whole life hereafter must be one long act of treachery to Greif must overbalance everything else.

    Greifenstein F. Marion Crawford
  • Several times, I have known men to overbalance and fall into the pit.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • Confined by the sea, they can scarcely increase in numbers, wealth and strength, so as to overbalance England.

  • "I'll speak," he said abruptly, causing the fat man almost to overbalance.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • You will either be able to sympathize with and understand the emotions which overbalance a man at such a time, or you will not.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The violence of his convictions was apt to overbalance his judgment.

    The Age of Tennyson Hugh Walker
  • The yearly increase in population would more than overbalance the number transplanted.

    The Future of the American Negro Booker T. Washington
  • Your home teaching must overbalance all that he hears outside.

British Dictionary definitions for overbalance


verb (ˌəʊvəˈbæləns)
to lose or cause to lose balance
(transitive) another word for outweigh
noun (ˈəʊvəˌbæləns)
excess of weight, value, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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