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

Working on core strength and stability can help, too. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s What Proper Running Form Actually Is and How Much You Should Care About It," 2 Apr. 2019 Using a double-trunk tree to support the treehouse adds much needed strength and stability. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Treehouse in the Backyard," 23 Jan. 2019 Experienced remodelers know how to manage their business, which provides stability and security for their customers. Larry Abbott, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA: Here’s how to choose a pro contractor," 1 July 2018 Aristocratic and born to rule, Aragorn is inherently noble, and brings stability and unity to his realm mainly by possessing heroic qualities. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 This approach gives the vehicles a much lower center of gravity, which theoretically improves stability and handling both on and off road. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Rivian's Electric Truck and SUV Are Built to Tackle the Great Outdoors," 27 Nov. 2018 And China seeks a Korean Peninsula on its border functioning in a way that produces stability and confidence rather than uncertainty and potential conflict. Christopher R. Hill And Thomas R. Pickering, star-telegram, "What would a successful Trump-Kim summit look like?," 11 June 2018 Amid a shaky marketplace, investors are eyeing the yield curve for signs of economic stability. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "A Growth Surprise Could Shock Markets," 8 Apr. 2019 With a worrisome lack of depth on the second level, Washington needs Wellington to bring a measure of stability in the middle. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Spring practice primer: Eight (or more) breakout candidates for the UW Huskies," 27 Mar. 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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