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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Another concern raised by Mackey and commissioners is the financial stability of the school. al.com, "Threats, bullying delayed progress at Alabama charter school, officials say," 7 June 2019 Possible expansion, the stability of some individual clubs, a need for sponsorships and the lack of a TV deal are among the issues faced by the league that hasn’t had a commissioner since Jeff Plush stepped down in March 2017. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "NWSL’s 7th season opens, looks for bump in World Cup year," 13 Apr. 2019 There is a rich literature in comparative law showing that decisions of institutional design can have significant impacts not only on outcomes but the entire stability and legitimacy of a governance structure. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 Seehofer rejected this agreement and threatened to step down from his role as both interior minister and party leader, putting the stability of the German government at risk. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Merkel Continues to Clash with Interior Minister Over Immigration," 2 July 2018 During the call, the two leaders stressed the need to make efforts to maintain the stability of oil markets and the growth of the global economy,’’ the statement said. Ken Thomas And Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump claims Saudi Arabia will boost oil production," 30 June 2018 The key to this conservatism is restraint, reform, and concern with the stability of the society as a whole. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018 Roseau is critically important for the stability of Louisiana's coastal wetlands. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Wetland plague may be getting help from high water levels, researcher says," 31 May 2018 Political scientists have long understood how corrosive income inequality can be to political stability. Sean Illing, Vox, "Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of stability

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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