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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Following in the footsteps of Real Madrid and Brazil defender Robert Carlos, who was known for his attacking ability rather than his defensive stability. SI.com, "Footballers' Nicknames: 15 of the Weirdest & Most Wonderful Monikers in the Beautiful Game," 14 Aug. 2019 The strength of the rock, cliff height, sediment composition, wave action, the slope of the beach and the slope of the seafloor all factor into their stability. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A cliff collapse. Three deaths. More bluff failures expected with rising seas," 9 Aug. 2019 Confidence in the old-line Wall Street firms had shattered, along with their financial stability. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Investors Give Goldman a Thumbs Up for Going Down Market," 22 July 2019 With its thermal stability and freedom from radio interference, the Moon beckons as a marvelous venue for space science. Buzz Aldrin, Popular Mechanics, "Why I Walked on the Moon," 20 July 2019 Tesla's stock plunged by 9 percent as investors questioned his stability. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Elon Musk wants to hook your brain directly up to computers — starting next year," 17 July 2019 The association will have two main roles: Member organizations will operate the servers to run the Libra Network, and the Libra Association will manage the reserve that will back Libra to ensure its stability. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Everything you need to know about Libra, Facebook's cryptocurrency," 16 July 2019 In the episode, Skipper Sig Hansen gets a naval architect to review his boat’s stability when carrying a full load of crab pots. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Special episode of ‘Deadliest Catch’ focuses on sinking of Seattle-based crab boat Destination," 8 July 2019 Few see the point in risking their stability, however tenuous, for an abstract goal. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "West Bank Grows Calmer as Pocketbook Issues Take Priority Over Protests," 8 July 2019

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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 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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