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 For many, this failure to achieve justice was too heavy of a price to pay for democratic stability. Sylvia Taschka, The Conversation, "How can America heal from the Trump era? Lessons from Germany’s transformation into a prosperous democracy after Nazi rule," 12 Jan. 2021 Start in a plank position, hands under shoulders, feet shoulder-width apart or wider for more stability. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Family-Friendly Workout to Fight Cabin Fever," 2 Jan. 2021 As a result, the department leases some trust lands to generate revenue, a practice that DHHL considers essential for financial stability. Promised Land, ProPublica, "The Government Promised to Return Ancestral Hawaiian Land, Then Never Finished the Job," 19 Dec. 2020 Ultimately, disregard for the rule of law bodes ill for Kenya’s stability. Westen K Shilaho, Quartz Africa, "Kenyans should reject the latest round of proposed constitutional changes," 7 Dec. 2020 The 5-foot-8 speedster hopes Green Bay offers him a chance for stability. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Former 1st-round pick Austin savors fresh start with Packers," 3 Dec. 2020 For this reason, lawyers for the religious parents tended to frame their arguments as commonsense pleas for stability. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "When One Parent Leaves a Hasidic Community, What Happens to the Kids?," 30 Nov. 2020 But a recent survey of shoppers done by Deloitte gives a small hint: As many as 38% of shoppers plan to spend less money, partly out of concern for economic stability and a desire to save more. Amber Randall, sun-sentinel.com, "Here’s how businesses are preparing for Black Friday in the midst of a pandemic," 26 Nov. 2020 Pro tips: For stability, remember — heavier is better. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Turntables at Any Price You Can Buy Right Now," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Jan 2021

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“Stability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stability. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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