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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Recent Examples on the Web But the security and stability—the care—that the steel jobs promised are very much worth fighting for. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "A Rust Belt City’s New Working Class," 31 Mar. 2021 Engagement is necessary in diplomacy, but engagement without pressure or concessions undermines the foundation of stability. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, "American Progressives Ignore Hezbollah at Their Peril," 27 Mar. 2021 Its steering is nicely weighted and combines with a rear-axle steering system that seemingly shrinks the 117.9-inch wheelbase in parking lots, and lengthens it at speed, much to the benefit of stability. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Audi SQ7 Wows with Polished Performance," 20 Mar. 2021 While many of the Pacific’s small islands have a growing ability to protect their own waters, the new Coast Guard vessels increased U.S. ability to provide security and stability, said Capt. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "U.S. Deploys Coast Guard Far From Home to Counter China," 15 Mar. 2021 And such a possibility constitutes a potential risk to the world’s security and stability. Lukasz Olejnik, Wired, "The Dire Possibility of Cyberattacks on Weapons Systems," 10 Mar. 2021 Instead nostalgic group members focus on ideas of security and stability. Amy Cooter, Scientific American, "Militia Expert Warns Trump's Capitol Insurrectionists Could Try Again," 11 Jan. 2021 The operation, called Barkhane, was then expanded to include Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania to improve security and stability in the broader Sahel region. Sylvie Corbet, Star Tribune, "France seeks strategy change to reduce troops in West Africa," 7 Jan. 2021 The USS Antietam is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Felt area of operations insupportable of security and stability and a fee and open Indo-Pacific. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Welcoming a new year, recalling events from 2020: Around The Town," 25 Dec. 2020

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Stability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stability. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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