noun, plural sta·bil·i·ties.

Origin of stability

1400–50; < Latin stabilitās, equivalent to stabili(s) stable2 + -tās- -ty2; replacing late Middle English stablete < Old French < Latin, as above
Related formsnon·sta·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·sta·bil·i·ty, nounself-sta·bil·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for stability Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stability

Historical Examples of stability

  • The stability of the Whig administration, then in power, depended upon the results.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Then, again, variety of climate should always go with stability of abode.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times.

  • Did kind Fates design it as a guarantee of peace and stability?

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • But neither can thought or mind be devoid of some principle of rest or stability.



British Dictionary definitions for stability


noun plural -ties

the quality of being stable
the ability of an aircraft to resume its original flight path after inadvertent displacement
  1. the condition of an air or water mass characterized by no upward movement
  2. the degree of susceptibility of an air mass to disturbance by convection currents
ecology the ability of an ecosystem to resist change
electrical engineering the ability of an electrical circuit to cope with changes in the operational conditions
a vow taken by every Benedictine monk attaching him perpetually to the monastery where he is professed
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Word Origin and History for stability

mid-14c., "firmness of resolve, mental equilibrium" (of persons), from Old French stableté, from Latin stabilitatem (nominative stabilitas) "firmness, steadfastness," from stabilis "steadfast, firm" (see stable (adj.)). In physical sense, "difficult to overthrow," it is recorded from early 15c.

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stability in Medicine




The condition of being stable or resistant to change.
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