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balance of power
Pronunciation: /ˌbaləns əv ˈpaʊə/

Definition of balance of power in English:

1A situation in which states of the world have roughly equal power.
Example sentences
  • As already noted, Soviet power was certainly an important element in the Cold War balance of power in East Asia.
  • For instance, policies of the balance of power might lead to assistance being given to regimes with bad human rights records.
  • This legislation changes the balance of power in corporate New Zealand.
2The power held by a small group when larger groups are of equal strength.
Example sentences
  • The great strength of this nation must be used to promote a balance of power that favors freedom.
  • The power structure, in particular the balance of power between the centre and the periphery was in constant need of repair.
  • Chelsea's win leaves them the only remaining bastion of power in the south as the balance of power again swings north.
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