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
  1. adjective
    being or thrown out of equilibrium
    synonyms: unbalanced
    liable to change
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    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
    marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
    of someone or something that balances himself or itself
    maintaining equilibrium
    in an optimal state of balance or equilibrium
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