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 Iraqi political leaders from all sides of the political spectrum, including the influential Shi’ite leader Grand Ayatollah Sistani, have condemned the attacks knowing full well that the risk of escalation will have implications for Iraqi stability. Time, "Qasem Soleimani's Assassination Opens a Pandora's Box in the Middle East," 3 Jan. 2020 Protests Percolate High youth unemployment, poor governance and other deep-rooted problems that contributed to the wave of uprisings in the 2011 Arab Spring continue to threaten political stability in many countries across the region. Netty Ismail, Houston Chronicle, "Guide to Middle East risks in 2020," 26 Dec. 2019 With ink-stained fingers symbolizing her determination, Jo is a passionate and hot-tempered writer who believes in her independence and eschews the path of marrying for financial stability. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "‘Little Women’ is a timely retelling of a beloved classic," 21 Dec. 2019 Joe Biden is betting that his No Malarkey tour is getting the job done to win over Iowa voters who are looking for stability. NBC News, "You are what you watch: How media consumption is driving impeachment divisions," 9 Dec. 2019 The two sides say that the deal works for both the hospitals and the state by avoiding uncertainty, saving money from years of costly litigation and paving the way for financial stability over the next seven years. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Gov. Ned Lamont, hospitals reach agreement on long-running lawsuit," 5 Dec. 2019 Misha Robson still yearns for stability after moving four times since 2013. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "After historic pay raises, a family of Disney workers can finally afford to move to a bigger home," 5 Dec. 2019 Cleveland's Baker Mayfield has started 24 consecutive games, the longest active streak among quarterbacks in the AFC North — for so long a division known for stability under center. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season," 26 Nov. 2019 The procedure allows for greater stability during rehab, which can be more aggressive, cutting in half what can be an eight to 12 week recovery. New York Times, "Tua Tagovailoa’s Return From Injury for Alabama-L.S.U. Comes With Risk," 9 Nov. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

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“Stability.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stability. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for stability

stability

noun
How to pronounce stability (audio)

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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