And so we seem to be caught in what Bryan Caplan terms “a stably wasteful equilibrium”.
That earlier world was a world of barter and payment in kind, and it went slowly—and much more staidly and stably—for that reason.
The king promised on his word to abide firmly and stably by what they should decree.
The assumption of a stably uniform environment (even the hankering for one) expresses a fiction due to attachment to old habits.
No one stably or sincerely uses the more critical notion, of a group of sense-qualities united by a law.
Certys ryt so god disponi in hys purueaunce singlerly and stably e inges at ben to done.
It is quite as stably in equilibrium with its axis pointing upward as when in the position shown in the diagram.
Indeed it could not have been stably solved without certain assurances from them.
"building where horses or cows are kept," early 13c., "building for domestic animals," from Old French estable "a stable, stall" (also applied to cowsheds and pigsties), from Latin stabulum "a stall, fold, aviary, etc." literally "a standing place," from stem of stare "to stand" (see stet).
Meaning "collection of horses belonging to one stable is attested from 1570s; transferred sense of "group of fighters under same management" is from 1897; that of "group of prostitutes working for the same employer" is from 1937.
For what the grete Stiede
Is stole, thanne he taketh hiede,
And makth the stable dore fast.
[John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1390]
"steadfast, firm," mid-13c., from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis "firm, steadfast," literally "able to stand," from stem of stare "to stand" (see stet). Physical sense of "secure against falling" is recorded from late 14c. Of nuclear isotopes, from 1904.
"to put (a horse) in a stable," early 14c., from stable (n.). Related: Stabled; stabling.
stable sta·ble (stā'bəl)
adj. sta·bler, sta·blest
Resistant to change of position or condition.
Not subject to mental illness or irrationality.
Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.