Equipoise
Equipoise E"qui*poise, n. [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. [1913 Webster]

The means of preserving the equipoise and the tranquillity of the commonwealth. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Our little lives are kept in equipoise By opposite attractions and desires. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. Counterpoise. [1913 Webster]

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


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