stability

noun
sta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ stə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce stability (audio) \
plural stabilities

Definition of stability

1 : the quality, state, or degree of being stable: such as
a : the strength to stand or endure : firmness
b : the property of a body that causes it when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion to develop forces or moments that restore the original condition
c : resistance to chemical change or to physical disintegration
2 : residence for life in one monastery

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Examples of stability in a Sentence

the country's political and economic stability Test the platform for stability before using it. There are some questions about the applicant's mental stability.
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Research has found charters can materially harm the financial stability of traditional schools by draining taxpayer dollars from the old system. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The strike that brought teachers unions back from the dead," 5 July 2019 Whether Alabama can recapture some stability in the near future is uncertain. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al.com, "How inside linebacker became a concern at Alabama," 3 July 2019 The rollers, which taper off on either end, help kids learn to balance, rather than relying on the stability of training wheels, said Eric Marr of iCan Bike. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "'Truly happy to be able to be free': Children with disabilities learn to ride bikes at Harford County summer camp," 3 July 2019 Give Russia some credit, say boosters. Macro-stability is not a given. The Economist, "Russia is heaven for bondholders and hell for stockpickers," 29 June 2019 In the meantime, Iran will build up some leverage – enhancing its uranium stockpile and threatening the stability of the Middle East and safety of crucial shipping lanes. Bobby Ghosh, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Trump’s Iran sanctions are the sane alternative to military action," 28 June 2019 Expedition team members await our arrival in the frigid water near the peninsula landing spot to help us wade to the relative stability of the rocky shore. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "These New Expedition Cruises Take Travelers to the World’s Most Remote Corners," 28 June 2019 What makes Grandma’s House unique is not simply its stability among fledgling shows, but its sustained support. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "‘Grandma’s House’ open mic builds chosen family from poetry performance," 25 June 2019 And finally, our financial stability is a big part. Alice Park, Time, "Can Anyone Save the Scandal-Plagued USA Gymnastics? Li Li Leung Is Determined to Try," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of stability

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stability was in the 14th century

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stability

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stability

: the quality or state of something that is not easily changed or likely to change
: the quality or state of something that is not easily moved
: the quality or state of someone who is emotionally or mentally healthy

stability

noun
sta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ stə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce stability (audio) \
plural stabilities

Kids Definition of stability

: the condition of being reliable or unlikely to change suddenly or greatly

stability

noun
sta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ stə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce stability (audio) \
plural stabilities

Medical Definition of stability

: the quality, state, or degree of being stable emotional stability chemical stability

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