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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 marked by the ability to withstand stress without structural damage or distortion
  • the observation tower is stable enough to withstand the strongest winds without collapsing

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3 having full use of one's mind and control over one's actions
  • she made some strange decisions back when she wasn't entirely stable

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Synonyms of stable (Entry 2 of 3)

as in force, host

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Synonyms & Antonyms of stable (Entry 3 of 3)

as in secure, shed

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Frequently Asked Questions About stable

How does the adjective stable contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of stable are durable, lasting, and permanent. While all these words mean "enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established," stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced.

a stable government

When might durable be a better fit than stable?

The synonyms durable and stable are sometimes interchangeable, but durable implies power to resist destructive agencies.

durable fabrics

When is it sensible to use lasting instead of stable?

The words lasting and stable can be used in similar contexts, but lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely.

a book that left a lasting impression on me

When would permanent be a good substitute for stable?

While the synonyms permanent and stable are close in meaning, permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely.

permanent living arrangements

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The first known use of stable was in the 13th century

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“Stable.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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