Definition of equipoise in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈekwəˌpoiz/


1Balance of forces or interests: this temporary equipoise of power
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  • We must hold the scales of justice in equipoise, and however odious the offence, we must admeasure right to every one according to law.
  • Isn't it more accurately a state of creative tension when all apparent contradictions are held together in a state of dynamic equipoise?
  • Trial participation is a rational choice when an adequately informed patient is maximally uncertain in equipoise as to the relative efficacy and safety of comparator interventions.
1.1A counterbalance or balancing force: capital flows act as an equipoise to international imbalances in savings
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  • The flying off and curling of the drapery by the wind serves as an equipoise to balance the projection of the Triton's elbow.
  • One part supports the slider means H1-H5 and the other part functions as an equipoise to facilitate or enhance the rotating movement of the commutator arm.


[with object]
Balance or counterbalance (something).
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  • If and when technologies stabilise, it may be too late to randomise: clinicians may have developed firm if unsubstantiated views, such that they are no longer equipoised.
  • It is simply the case that a position equipoised between two errors is unlikely to be true.
  • In other words, our behaviour must be balanced or equipoised between grief and glee.


Mid 17th century: from equi- 'equal' + the noun poise1, replacing the phrase equal poise.

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Syllabification: e·qui·poise

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