What does stability mean?

Definitions for stability
stəˈbɪl ɪ tista·bil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stability, stablenessnoun

    the quality or attribute of being firm and steadfast

  2. stabilitynoun

    a stable order (especially of society)

  3. constancy, stabilitynoun

    the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation

    "early mariners relied on the constancy of the trade winds"


  1. stabilitynoun

    The condition of being stable or in equilibrium, and thus resistant to change

  2. stabilitynoun

    The tendency to recover from perturbations

  3. Etymology: from stabilité, from root of stabilitas, from stabilis

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stabilitynoun

    Etymology: stabilité, Fr. from stabilitas, Latin.

    By the same degrees that either of these happen, the stability of the figure is by the same lessened. William Temple.

    These mighty girders which the fabrick bind,
    These ribs robust and vast in order join’d,
    Such strength and such stability impart,
    That storms above, and earthquakes under ground
    Break not the pillars. Richard Blackmore.

    He began to try
    This and that hanging stone’s stability. Charles Cotton.

    Since fluidness and stability are contrary qualities, we may conceive that the firmness or stability of a body consists in this, that the particles which compose it do so rest, or are intangled, that there is among them a mutual cohesion. Boyle.


  1. stability

    Stability refers to the state or condition of being steady, firm, and resistant to change or undesired fluctuations. In various contexts, it might imply resilience to external pressures, the ability to regain balance or resist forces aimed at disturbing equilibrium, or maintaining consistency or continuity over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stabilityadjective

    the state or quality of being stable, or firm; steadiness; firmness; strength to stand without being moved or overthrown; as, the stability of a structure; the stability of a throne or a constitution

  2. Stabilityadjective

    steadiness or firmness of character, firmness of resolution or purpose; the quality opposite to fickleness, irresolution, or inconstancy; constancy; steadfastness; as, a man of little stability, or of unusual stability

  3. Stabilityadjective

    fixedness; -- as opposed to fluidity

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stability

    A quality implying a ship's capacity to bear every motion of the sea.

Editors Contribution

  1. stability

    The act, fact and quality of being stable.

    The stability of the nation was important to everyone around the globe.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stability' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4186

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stability' in Nouns Frequency: #1743

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stability in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of stability in a Sentence

  1. Fareed Zakaria:

    I want social peace and stability within the country. I am not following any prescription given to me by any theoretician on democracy.

  2. Margrethe Vestager:

    The rules say if there is risk (to) financial stability, then there are exceptions for burden sharing and bail-in, the important thing is to figure out what is financial instability. So far during very serious circumstances in Spain, in Greece, in Slovenia the exceptions were never triggered.

  3. Mustafa Nuur:

    When you come from a broken country where the government is not stable and you come to another country hoping for stability, to sense that tension and that unexpectedness is almost a tiny reminder of why our country fell apart.

  4. Jeanne Shaheen:

    I'm very disappointed in the president’s decision to set a September deadline to walk away from Afghanistan. Although this decision was made in coordination with our allies, the U.S. has sacrificed too much to bring stability to Afghanistan to leave without verifiable assurances of a secure future, it undermines our commitment to the Afghan people, particularly Afghan women.

  5. Nikolai Astrup:

    The government is committed to maintain predictability ... stability and no changes is better than negative changes.

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    A dangerous
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