imbalanced

A situation is imbalanced if it's not equitable or fair. An imbalanced workplace might pay men more than women for doing the same work.

Something that's imbalanced is off-kilter or out of whack. It's out of balance, but not in quite the same way that the adjective unbalanced implies. When you describe something as imbalanced, you're likely talking about a rule, a law, or a procedure, while you might call a shaky wheelbarrow unbalanced. Things that are imbalanced are out of proportion — power itself is something that's frequently imbalanced.

Definitions of imbalanced
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adj being or thrown out of equilibrium

Synonyms:
unbalanced
labile
liable to change
Antonyms:
balanced
being in a state of proper equilibrium
counterbalanced, counterpoised
brought into equipoise by means of a weight or force that offsets another
harmonious, proportionate, symmetrical
exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents of an entity or between different entities
poised
marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
self-balancing
of someone or something that balances himself or itself
stable
maintaining equilibrium
well-balanced
in an optimal state of balance or equilibrium
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