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 Australia’s situation differs from the U.S., where some government bodies encourage lenders and schools to work together, taking a view that school-banking programs can contribute to the financial stability of individuals, families and communities. Alice Uribe, WSJ, "Should Banks Look for Customers in Schools? Some Say No," 8 May 2021 This was the most effective and cost-efficient path to stability, Bardelli said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "'First pour like this': 250 trucks lay concrete at Michigan Central Station over 10 hours," 25 Apr. 2021 The agency’s new climate hub will coordinate across the Treasury Department, with goals of mobilizing investment for clean energy investments and mitigating any risks climate change poses to financial stability, according to a news release. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Treasury Department creates ‘climate hub’," 19 Apr. 2021 These are not simply humanitarian imperatives: Women contribute to Afghanistan's stability. Habiba Sarabi, CNN, "As Afghan women, we finally have a seat at peace talks. Don't abandon us," 15 Apr. 2021 But even as relations between the two countries are calming, Japan faces a perilous moment, with the United States prodding it to more squarely address the most glaring threat to stability in Asia: China. New York Times, "Will Japan Confront China? A Visit to Washington May Offer a Clue.," 14 Apr. 2021 As a result, muons cannot play electrons’ pivotal role in forming structures: molecules and mountains alike—indeed, essentially all chemical bonds among atoms—endure thanks to electrons’ stability. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Long-Awaited Muon Measurement Boosts Evidence for New Physics," 7 Apr. 2021 But after the team’s revisions at the NBA trading deadline, there is a sense of something closer to stability. Ira Winderman,, "Heat moving closer to playoff rotation as Victor Oladipo, Trevor Ariza, Nemanja Bjelica step in," 2 Apr. 2021 North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast, a reminder to Joe Biden that the regime remains a threat to stability in East Asia. The Economist, "Politics this week," 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of stability

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2021

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“Stability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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


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


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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