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  1. standing still; not moving.
  2. having a fixed position; not movable.
  3. established in one place; not itinerant or migratory.
  4. remaining in the same condition or state; not changing: The market price has remained stationary for a week.
  5. geostationary.
noun, plural sta·tion·ar·ies.
  1. a person or thing that is stationary.

Origin of stationary

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word statiōnārius. See station, -ary
Related formsnon·sta·tion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·sta·tion·ar·ies.qua·si-sta·tion·ar·y, adjectiveun·sta·tion·ar·y, adjective
Can be confusedstationary stationery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for unstationary


  1. not moving; standing still
  2. not able to be moved
  3. showing no changethe doctors said his condition was stationary
  4. tending to remain in one place
Derived Formsstationarily, adverbstationariness, noun

Word Origin for stationary

C15: from Latin statiōnārius, from statiō station


Avoid confusion with stationery
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Word Origin and History for unstationary



late 14c., in relation to planetary motions, from Latin stationarius, in classical Latin, "of a military station," from statio (see station).

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