[ in-stuh-bil-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn stəˈbɪl ɪ ti /


the quality or state of being unstable; lack of stability or firmness.
the tendency to behave in an unpredictable, changeable, or erratic manner: emotional instability.

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Origin of instability

1375–1425; late Middle English instabilite < Latin instabilitās. See in-3, stability Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for instability

/ (ˌɪnstəˈbɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

lack of stability or steadiness
tendency to variable or unpredictable behaviour
physics a fast growing disturbance or wave in a plasma
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