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unbalanced

[uhn-bal-uh nst] /ʌnˈbæl ənst/
adjective
1.
not balanced or not properly balanced.
2.
lacking steadiness and soundness of judgment.
3.
mentally disordered; deranged.
4.
(of an account) not adjusted; not brought to an equality of debits and credits.
5.
Football. of or relating to an offensive line formation having more than three linemen on one side of the center.
Compare balanced (def 2).
Origin of unbalanced
1640-1650
1640-50; un-1 + balanced
Synonyms
3. disturbed, unsound, irrational.

unbalance

[uhn-bal-uh ns] /ʌnˈbæl əns/
verb (used with object), unbalanced, unbalancing.
1.
to throw or put out of balance.
2.
to disorder or derange, as the mind.
noun
3.
unbalanced condition.
Origin
1580-90; un-2 + balance
Related forms
unbalanceable, adjective
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unbalanced

/ʌnˈbælənst/
adjective
1.
lacking balance
2.
irrational or unsound; erratic
3.
mentally disordered or deranged
4.
biased; one-sided: unbalanced reporting
5.
(in double-entry book-keeping) not having total debit balances equal to total credit balances
6.
(electronics) (of signals or circuitry) not symmetrically disposed about earth or zero reference potential

unbalance

/ʌnˈbæləns/
verb (transitive)
1.
to upset the equilibrium or balance of
2.
to disturb the mental stability of (a person or his mind)
noun
3.
imbalance or instability
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Word Origin and History for unbalanced
adj.

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of balance. Earliest use is in reference to the mind, judgment, etc. Of material things, it is recorded from 1732.

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