balance of power


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balance of power

n.
Distribution of power in which no single nation is able to dominate or interfere with others.

balance of power

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the distribution of power among countries so that no one nation can seriously threaten the fundamental interests of another
2. any similar distribution of power or influence

bal′ance of pow′er


n.
a distribution of forces among nations or groups such that no single one is strong enough to assert its will or dominate the others.
[1570–80]
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Noun1.balance of power - an equilibrium of power between nationsbalance of power - an equilibrium of power between nations
equilibrium - a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
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Pierre had managed to start a conversation with the abbe about the balance of power, and the latter, evidently interested by the young man's simple-minded eagerness, was explaining his pet theory.
the balance of power in Europe and the rights of the people," the abbe was saying.
let both sides join in creating not a new balance of power.
It had started its first newspaper in Japan, and elected its first deputy in Argentina; in France it named members of cabinets, and in Italy and Australia it held the balance of power and turned out ministries.
John knew what was at the back of it, and to hear him engaged with her husband in argument about finance and the balance of power, gave her an odd sense of stability.
Resolved: that the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential to that balance of power on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depend, and we denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any State or Territory, no matter under what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes.
The mixed constitution will be stable if it represents the actual balance of power between different classes in the state.
I think we were all more or less shaken by the frightfulness of the tragedy--until Olson remarked that the balance of power now rested where it belonged.
If Plaid Cymru holds the balance of power, we'll rebalance power and wealth throughout the UK, away from the financial sector in the City of London and to communities such as those in Wales who need investment.
The current international balance of power is not what it was right after World War II in 1945.
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I argue that the international balance of power has all the characteristics of Hayekian spontaneous order.

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