imbalance

noun
ADJECTIVE
growing
dangerous, extreme, huge, massive, serious, severe

dangerous imbalances in potassium and other body chemicals

global, regional (esp. BrE)
economic, financial, fiscal, gender, power, racial, trade
chemical, hormonal, hormone, thyroid
mental

The patient had long shown signs of mental imbalance.

structural

Can he resolve the structural imbalance of the deficit?

VERB + IMBALANCE
cause, create
exacerbate

A higher dollar will only exacerbate the trade imbalance.

address

Vigorous action is needed to address global imbalances.

correct, rectify, redress, reduce

Increased recruitment of women engineers will help correct the gender imbalance in the profession.

IMBALANCE + VERB
occur
exist

the large trade imbalances now existing between Europe and the US

cause sth

Chemical imbalances actually cause the sleep disturbances.

PREPOSITION
imbalance between

an imbalance between imports and exports

imbalance in

An imbalance in certain chemicals leads to disturbances in the brain's function.

imbalance of

an imbalance of power or authority


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  • imbalance — is a surprisingly recent word (19c), first used as a technical term in ophthalmology and now used generally in many contexts: • The imbalance in the world s financial system has become grotesque Times, 1969 • The marked increase in the average… …   Modern English usage

  • imbalance — I noun difference, disequilibrium, disparity, disproportion, dissimilarity, distortion, diversity, inconstancy, inequality, irregularity, unevenness, unjust distribution, variableness II index difference, disparity, distortion, inequality …   Law dictionary

  • imbalance — (n.) 1895, from IM (Cf. im ) not + BALANCE (Cf. balance) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • imbalance — ► NOUN ▪ a lack of proportion or balance …   English terms dictionary

  • imbalance — [im bal′əns] n. lack of balance, as in proportion, force, functioning, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Imbalance — Monolake/Imbalance Computer Music Monolake/Imbalance Computer Music Filiale de Fondé en 1999 Fondateur Robert Henke …   Wikipédia en Français

  • imbalance — UK [ɪmˈbæləns] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms imbalance : singular imbalance plural imbalances a situation in which the balance between two things is not equal or fair a trade imbalance imbalance of: a slight imbalance of power… …   English dictionary

  • imbalance — im|bal|ance [ ım bæləns ] noun count or uncount a situation in which the balance between two things is not equal or fair: a trade imbalance imbalance between: the imbalance between the sexes imbalance of: a slight imbalance of power imbalance in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • imbalance — im|bal|ance [ımˈbæləns] n [U and C] a lack of a fair or correct balance between two things, which results in problems or unfairness = ↑inequality imbalance in ▪ The government must redress the imbalance (=put it right) in spending on black and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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