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For the opposite, see Disequilibrium.

Equilibrium is the condition of a system in which competing influences are balanced and it may refer to:

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Etymology

From Latin æquilībrium, from æquus (equal) + lībra (balance).[1]

Pronunciation

  • (RP)1 IPA: /iːkwɪˈlɪbɹɪəm/[1]
  • (RP)2 IPA: /ɛkwɪˈlɪbɹɪəm/

Noun

Singular
equilibrium

Plural
equilibria

equilibrium (plural equilibria)

  1. The condition of a system in which competing influences are balanced, resulting in no net change.
  2. (physics) The state of a body at rest or in uniform motion in which the resultant of all forces on it is zero.
  3. (chemistry) The state of a reaction in which the rates of the forward and reverse reactions are the same.
  4. Mental balance.

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Synonyms

  • (a condition of a system in which competing influences are balanced): balance, stability
  • (in physics):
  • (in chemistry):
  • (mental balance): sanity

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  • Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2equilibrium” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.]

Simple English

An equilibrium is a state of a system where the system is balanced. A system that is in equilibrium does not change. The word has been used for different concepts from different fields of study.

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