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equipoise

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Equipoise \E"qui*poise\, noun [Equi- + poise.]

1. Equality of weight or force; hence, equilibrium; a state in which the two ends or sides of a thing are balanced, and hence equal; state of being equally balanced; -- said of moral, political, or social interests or forces.

The means of preserving the equipoise and the tranquillity of the commonwealth. --Burke.

Our little lives are kept in equipoise By opposite attractions and desires. --Longfellow.

2. Counterpoise.

The equipoise to the clergy being removed. --Buckle. Equipollence

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

equipoise

noun

1: equality of distribution [syn: {balance}, {equilibrium}, {equipoise}, {counterbalance}]


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