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overbalance Syllabification: o·ver·bal·ance
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈbaləns/

Definition of overbalance in English:


[with object]
1Outweigh: I fault the university for many things, but all are overbalanced by its unparalleled resources
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Fall or cause to fall over from loss of balance: [no object]: the ladder overbalanced on top of her
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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.


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Excess of weight, value, or amount: overbalance of propriety
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