unbalanced [uhn-bal-uhnst] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for unbalanced on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. not balanced or not properly balanced.
  2. lacking steadiness and soundness of judgment.
  3. mentally disordered; deranged.
  4. (of an account) not adjusted; not brought to an equality of debits and credits.
  5. Football. of or relating to an offensive line formation having more than three linemen on one side of the center.Compare balanced(def 2).

Origin of unbalanced First recorded in 1640–50; un-1 + balanced Synonyms for unbalanced See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 3. disturbed, unsound, irrational. unbalance [uhn-bal-uh ns] verb (used with object), un·bal·anced, un·bal·anc·ing.

  1. to throw or put out of balance.
  2. to disorder or derange, as the mind.


  1. unbalanced condition.

Origin of unbalance First recorded in 1580–90; un-2 + balance Related formsun·bal·ance·a·ble, adjective Related Words for unbalanced top-heavy, uneven, unequal, irregular, unstable, wobbly, lopsided, unsteady, unhinged, irrational, unsound, deranged, erratic, troubled, touched, asymmetrical, disproportionate, off-balance, shaky, treacherous Examples from the Web for unbalanced Contemporary Examples of unbalanced

  • In Rwanda, an unbalanced ratio leaves 83 of every 100 citizens dependent on the leftover 17 for survival.

    After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone

    Nina Strochlic

    August 31, 2014

  • But he neither liked nor trusted Governor La Follette, whom he regarded as unbalanced and dangerous to the Republican Party.

    The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics

    Michael Wolraich

    July 24, 2014

  • Bob Smith: unbalanced, inconstant, and even more of a carpetbagger than the other guy.

    Sen. Bob Smith: The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave

    Michelle Cottle

    December 4, 2013

  • The important challenge is to correct for the unbalanced and unfair nature of this exchange.

    Obama and Felipe Calderón Blow Chance to Talk Substance at G-20

    John M. Ackerman

    June 21, 2012

  • He has never voted to raise taxes; he has never voted to approve an unbalanced budget.

    Beware Ron Paul

    Mark McKinnon

    July 13, 2011

  • Historical Examples of unbalanced

  • I thought only of myself, and I behaved like a whining, unbalanced boy.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington

  • You may say that Robespierre was morbid and unbalanced, and you may say the same of Bunyan.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Had the strain of the past few weeks unbalanced the professors mind?

    Spawn of the Comet

    Harold Thompson Rich

  • Unbalanced by the shove, he stumbled over the Apache whom he had knocked senseless.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • It lifted Uncle Jabez from his seat, and unbalanced the boat.

    Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies

    Alice B. Emerson

  • British Dictionary definitions for unbalanced unbalanced adjective

    1. lacking balance
    2. irrational or unsound; erratic
    3. mentally disordered or deranged
    4. biased; one-sidedunbalanced reporting
    5. (in double-entry book-keeping) not having total debit balances equal to total credit balances
    6. electronics (of signals or circuitry) not symmetrically disposed about earth or zero reference potential

    unbalance verb (tr)

    1. to upset the equilibrium or balance of
    2. to disturb the mental stability of (a person or his mind)


    1. imbalance or instability

    Word Origin and History for unbalanced adj.

    1640s, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of balance. Earliest use is in reference to the mind, judgment, etc. Of material things, it is recorded from 1732.

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