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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or result of balancing or adjusting; equipoise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or result of balancing or adjusting; equipoise; even adjustment of forces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of balancing, or the state of being balanced.


balance +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)



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  • The elder Geoffroy and Goethe propounded, at about the same period, their law of compensation or balancement of growth; or, as Goethe expressed it, 'in order to spend on one side, nature is forced to economise on the other side.'
    Origin of Species, ch. 5

    The OED only has a later (1862) quote for this.

    February 17, 2009