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 But the Sox, who briefly enjoyed a return to up-the-middle defensive stability during last week’s four-game winning streak, looked on Sunday like a jumble of incongruous parts., 6 Sep. 2021 Early active safety systems included anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control, all of which were designed to help the driver maintain control and make the vehicle respond in the way the driver intended. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Switch to Baja for cutting loose off road and all the systems go in to attack mode, including a lenient stability-control system that gently steps in only when the truck starts to get way out of shape. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2021 Ocasio-Cortez insists on laying out what was actually at stake that day: Everything from her own physical safety to our country's stability. Allison Hope, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 The bridge has been closed since May 11 when a crack was discovered in a section critical to its stability. Noel Oman, Arkansas Online, 21 July 2021 But the bigger question is whether the military, after its initial success, was miscast in the lead role of transporting Afghanistan from chaos to stability. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2021 The images of peace and stability projected by the Taliban contrast sharply with the scenes broadcast around the world of the chaotic American evacuation from the Kabul airport or footage of protesters being beaten and shot at. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 In time, will our Afghanistan pullout look like a sudden abandonment of our commitment to stability? Clarence Page,, 17 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of stability

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Sep 2021

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“Stability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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


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


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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