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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Childhood trauma likely pushes young adults to join the military in search of a new family, stability, and purpose, says Landolphi. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 To avoid this fate, the Soyuz capsule rotates around its axis of trajectory on the way down to increase stability, kind of like a bullet fired from a rifle. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Ballistic Reentry: How Astronauts Survive a Failed Launch," 11 Oct. 2018 There are even adjustable suction cups to offer more stability, and the self-draining trays are removable and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 15 Best Shower Organizers You Can Get Online Right Now," 5 Aug. 2018 Two weeks later, Layla left El Salvador with nothing but the clothes on her back in search of safety, stability, and a better future. Lauren Blodgett, Glamour, "I Represent Migrant Children in Immigration Court. This Is What It's Like.," 26 July 2018 Each domain accounts for a host of factors, such as weapon imports and political stability, to give each nation three scores that average for the overall composite, according to the index's methodology. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Safest Countries in the World," 5 July 2018 Cranley called the deal bad for the city's long-term financial stability, and a majority of council agreed to back out of the deal. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Park your car in Cincinnati? It's going to cost you (a lot) more.," 3 July 2018 The advantage of skipping the NBA summer leagues is having more options overseas to pick a suitable situation based on variables like contractual terms, a club’s financial stability, an English-speaking coach and location. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDSU's Pope headed to Lakers for summer, Kell likely to go overseas," 27 June 2018 Public health research has shown that family structure, stability, and environment determine a child's health. refinery29.com, "How Separating A Child From Their Parents Affects Their Health," 20 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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