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.
Recent Examples on the Web Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited the Senate on Tuesday to answer questions about risks to financial stability such as inflation, rising interest rates and volatile asset prices. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 11 May 2022 For some women in Ukraine, being a surrogate provides a fast track to financial stability; but Liubov, who lived with her 13-year-old son and his father, previously worked in a government job and already had a house. New York Times, 3 May 2022 After years of political tensions between major parties, this election has been widely viewed as crucial to stability. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2022 The elders in Nigeria’s government view cryptocurrency as a threat to stability. Carolyn Campbell, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2022 Then came two distinct medical blows to Kait's stability. Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, PEOPLE.com, 17 Mar. 2022 Raskin’s nomination to the job of vice chair for supervision first came under pressure when GOP lawmakers came out against her, pointing to her focus on climate change and its threat to financial stability. Rachel Siegel And Tyler Pager, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Mar. 2022 The journey back to stability, then on to success, began with a meeting between the program legend hired to restore its greatness and a player who wants to become one in his own right. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2022 Raskin’s nomination to the job of vice chair for supervision — the Fed’s top banking regulator — was already under pressure, as Republicans initially opposed her candidacy over her focus on climate change and its threat to financial stability. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stability

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2022

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“Stability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stability. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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