instability

noun

in·​sta·​bil·​i·​ty ˌin(t)-stə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce instability (audio)
: the quality or state of being unstable
especially : lack of emotional or mental stability

Examples of instability in a Sentence

Investors are worried about the current instability of the stock market. The patient has a history of emotional instability.
Recent Examples on the Web And ultimately, failing to confront instability now—in Ukraine, Gaza or elsewhere—will only make doing so later a more costly distraction from the competition with Beijing. Massimo Calabresi / Washington, TIME, 4 June 2024 Despite the turmoil in Haiti, where gangs are threatening to take over the government, deportation flights resumed in April after a temporary pause amid the political instability. Syra Ortiz Blanes, Miami Herald, 4 June 2024 Of the countries that do include chickenpox vaccination as part of routine immunizations, programs may have been disrupted due to COVID-19 or political instability. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 30 May 2024 Conversely, investors voiced concerns about several issues, including regulatory burden, volatile energy prices, and political instability. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune Europe, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for instability 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of instability was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Instability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/instability. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

instability

noun
in·​sta·​bil·​i·​ty ˌin(t)-stə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce instability (audio)
: the quality or state of being unstable

Medical Definition

instability

noun
in·​sta·​bil·​i·​ty ˌin(t)-stə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce instability (audio)
plural instabilities
: the quality or state of being unstable
especially : lack of emotional or mental stability

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