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[stuh-bil-i-tee] /stəˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural stabilities.
the state or quality of being stable.
firmness in position.
continuance without change; permanence.
Chemistry. resistance or the degree of resistance to chemical change or disintegration.
resistance to change, especially sudden change or deterioration:
The stability of the economy encourages investment.
steadfastness; constancy, as of character or purpose:
The job calls for a great deal of emotional stability.
Aeronautics. the ability of an aircraft to return to its original flying position when abruptly displaced.
Roman Catholic Church. a vow taken by a Benedictine monk, binding him to residence for life in the same monastery in which he made the vow.
Origin of stability
1400-50; < Latin stabilitās, equivalent to stabili(s) stabile + -tās- -ty; replacing late Middle English stablete < Old French < Latin, as above
Related forms
nonstability, noun
overstability, noun
self-stability, noun
6. steadiness, strength, soundness, poise, solidity, balance. Unabridged
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  • Remember to find a support group that will add stability and balance to your life.
  • We are accustomed to think that some degree of stability is necessary to all real progress, all great development.
  • He focuses on building core strength and stability, working with a weighted medicine ball, doing leg squats and balance drills.
  • Ordinarily, a central banker's affirming the importance of price stability is not headline news.
  • They're confusing the stability of their mind-set with the stability of the underlying phenomena.
  • The daily price of oil depends on many factors, including political stability in historically volatile regions.
  • Both are essentially spinning wings that stay aloft thanks to aerodynamic lift and gyroscopic stability.
  • Chemists searching for the island of stability now have a better map.
  • It was the stability of a leader who had contempt for his people's ability to run their own affairs.
  • According to climatologists, atmospheric instability eventually influences geological stability.
British Dictionary definitions for stability


noun (pl) -ties
the quality of being stable
the ability of an aircraft to resume its original flight path after inadvertent displacement
  1. the condition of an air or water mass characterized by no upward movement
  2. the degree of susceptibility of an air mass to disturbance by convection currents
(ecology) the ability of an ecosystem to resist change
(electrical engineering) the ability of an electrical circuit to cope with changes in the operational conditions
a vow taken by every Benedictine monk attaching him perpetually to the monastery where he is professed
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Word Origin and History for stability

mid-14c., "firmness of resolve, mental equilibrium" (of persons), from Old French stableté, from Latin stabilitatem (nominative stabilitas) "firmness, steadfastness," from stabilis "steadfast, firm" (see stable (adj.)). In physical sense, "difficult to overthrow," it is recorded from early 15c.

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stability in Medicine

stability sta·bil·i·ty (stə-bĭl'ĭ-tē)
The condition of being stable or resistant to change.

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