Definition of overbalance in English:


Line breaks: over|bal¦ance
Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈbal(ə)ns


chiefly British
  • 1Fall or cause to fall over from loss of balance: [no object]: he overbalanced and fell against the wall [with object]: their combined weight had overbalanced them
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    • They figured the weight of the stuff overbalanced them and they fell off of places.
    • Her sudden bolt as he had been about to catch her had caused Father to overbalance and fall in the dirt.
    • He could vault over a much smaller opponent without causing his victim to overbalance and fall.
  • 1.1 [with object] Outweigh: the days of unhappiness were far overbalanced by days of wild expressions of love
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    • Sum-ranking fails to give sufficient salience to the worth of each person: it in effect permits one person's large misery to be overbalanced by small benefits to a large number of others.


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  • An excess of weight, value, or amount: an overbalance of propriety

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