stability

noun
sta·bil·i·ty | \stə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
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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In many ways, the really improbable event of recent decades was the manner in which so much of the world experienced stability and predictability. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Welcome To The Highly Probable World of Improbability," 5 July 2018 Simply contracting your core—and many other body parts including your shoulders and quads—challenges these muscles and improves both strength and stability. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Strengthen and Stabilize Your Core With Halle Berry's Plank Leg Lift Exercise," 3 July 2018 In Cincinnati's 2-0 win over Ottawa Fury last Saturday at Nippert Stadium, that stability was perhaps more noticeable than normal. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Michael Lahoud is a midfield buoy for FC Cincinnati in USL play," 5 July 2018 Lifting one foot off the floor challenges your stability even more, Marraccini says. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Strengthen and Stabilize Your Core With Halle Berry's Plank Leg Lift Exercise," 3 July 2018 But the promise of Merkel was stability, not immobility. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants," 2 July 2018 Weaknesses: While there is stability throughout the roster, the secondary must move on after the departures of a pair of four-year starters in Tony Reid and Heath Harding. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Miami (Ohio) is No. 63 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 25 June 2018 The structure reportedly dates back to the 1940s, and concerns of its stability have set teams to make repairs to prevent further collapse. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Thousands of bourbon barrels come crashing down in distillery collapse," 22 June 2018 Most of that team is back, stability that's rarely seen in World Cup soccer: Yahoo says between seven and nine of the 11 players who took the field against Holland could start this year's group-stage opener. Matt Bonesteel, chicagotribune.com, "The U.S. is missing, so here's one reason to watch every World Cup team," 14 June 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 \
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 \
plural stabilities

Medical Definition of stability 

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

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