stability[stə bil′ə tē]
- Stability is the state of being resistant to change and not prone to wild fluctuations in emotion.
An example of stability is a calm, stable life where you don't have wild ups and downs.
- the state or quality of being stable, or fixed; steadiness
- firmness of character, purpose, or resolution
- resistance to change; permanence
- resistance to chemical decomposition
- composure; self-possession
- mental soundness; sanity
- the capacity of an object to return to equilibrium or to its original position after having been displaced
- R.C.Ch. a vow binding Benedictine monks until death to the monastery where they join the order
Origin of stabilityMiddle English stablete ; from Old French stableté ; from Classical Latin stabilitas
- The state or quality of being stable, especially:a. Resistance to change, deterioration, or displacement.b. Constancy of character or purpose; steadfastness.c. Reliability; dependability.
- The ability of an object, such as a ship or aircraft, to maintain equilibrium or resume its original, upright position after displacement, as by the sea or strong winds.
- Roman Catholic Church A vow committing a Benedictine monk to one monastery for life.
(countable and uncountable, plural stabilities)
Middle English, from Old French stabilitÃ©, from Latin root of stabilitas (â€œfirmness, steadfastnessâ€), from stabilis (â€œsteadfast, firmâ€)