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stabilization

[stey-buh-li-zey-shuh n] /ˌsteɪ bə lɪˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of stabilizing or the state of being stabilized.
2.
Also called stabilization process. Photography. a process for making temporary black-and-white prints using special sensitized paper (stabilization paper) that can be rapidly processed through one or two solutions that quickly develop and stabilize the nonpermanent image.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; stabilize + -ation
Related forms
restabilization, noun
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Word Origin and History for stabilization process

stabilization

n.

1887, noun of action from stabilize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for stabilization process

stabilization

any of the institutions and practices in an economy that serve to reduce fluctuations in the business cycle through offsetting effects on the amounts of income available for spending (disposable income). The most important automatic stabilizers include unemployment compensation and other transfer payment programs, farm price supports, and family and corporate savings

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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