Meaning of equipoise in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛkwɪpɔɪz/

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mass noun
  • 1Balance of forces or interests.

    ‘this temporary equipoise of power’
    • ‘We must hold the scales of justice in equipoise, and however odious the offence, we must admeasure right to every one according to law.’
    • ‘Isn't it more accurately a state of creative tension when all apparent contradictions are held together in a state of dynamic equipoise?’
    • ‘Trial participation is a rational choice when an adequately informed patient is maximally uncertain in equipoise as to the relative efficacy and safety of comparator interventions.’
    • ‘The latter requirement is similar to that of clinical equipoise when human subjects participate in clinical trials.’
    • ‘This balance in opinion, which ethicists call equipoise, provides the ideal context for conducting a trial.’
    • ‘The sick, glorious sport of ice climbing depends on physical equipoise, which depends on mental tranquility, which in turn depends on a smooth blend of faith and self-confidence.’
    • ‘The proper equipoise and coordination of the sense organs aiming to help the body to perform its other functions normally are also counted as an important constituent of the well-being of a person.’
    • ‘It is probably idle to speculate about what that situation will be, but perhaps not unreasonable to point out that it could still be in some sort of equipoise.’
    • ‘This state was in 50/50 equipoise long before the nation got to the 2000 debacle.’
    • ‘She thus brought home to the vendor, and her disciples, that mental equipoise should not be shaken by the manner people greeted or treated a person.’
    • ‘He kept on marching ahead with equipoise and firm determination.’
    • ‘There are also two figures, neither designed for equipoise, who could yet throw their decisive weight on to the scales of hope.’
    • ‘In the meteoric incandescence of his beautiful youth, these qualities were in exquisite equipoise.’
    • ‘The authors say, ‘We find it almost inconceivable that a rational patient with suspected prion disease would be in equipoise… between quinacrine and placebo.’’
    • ‘For example, Brody has argued that patient equipoise is present if ‘a reasonable person of an average degree of altruism and risk adversiveness might consent to being randomised.’’
    • ‘It is the opposite of what Buddhists call ‘meditative equipoise.’’
    • ‘The concept of equipoise is essential to the requirement of scientific validity, and is particularly relevant to research that compares interventions.’
    • ‘The innovation of clinical equipoise is the recognition that study treatments, be they the experimental or control treatments, are potentially consistent with this standard of care.’
    • ‘Rarely, treatment benefits are so obvious that a trial would clearly be unethical, but often lack of equipoise simply prevents studies.’
    • ‘Clinicians ideally should be in equipoise about the treatments being tested, and patients should give voluntary consent based on full disclosure of relevant information.’
    equilibrium, balance, evenness, symmetry, parity, equality, equity
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    1. 1.1count noun A counterbalance or balancing force.
      ‘capital flows act as an equipoise to international imbalances in savings’
      • ‘The flying off and curling of the drapery by the wind serves as an equipoise to balance the projection of the Triton's elbow.’
      • ‘One part supports the slider means H1-H5 and the other part functions as an equipoise to facilitate or enhance the rotating movement of the commutator arm.’
      counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balance
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[with object]
  • Balance or counterbalance (something)

    ‘as a piece of language it is as delicately equipoised as any’
    • ‘If and when technologies stabilise, it may be too late to randomise: clinicians may have developed firm if unsubstantiated views, such that they are no longer equipoised.’
    • ‘It is simply the case that a position equipoised between two errors is unlikely to be true.’
    • ‘In other words, our behaviour must be balanced or equipoised between grief and glee.’


Mid 17th century from equi-‘equal’ + the noun poise, replacing the phrase equal poise.