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Meaning of stability

sta•bil•i•ty

Pronunciation: (stu-bil'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. the state or quality of being stable.
  2. firmness in position.
  3. continuance without change; permanence.
  4. resistance or the degree of resistance to chemical change or disintegration.
  5. resistance to change, esp. sudden change or deterioration: The stability of the economy encourages investment.
  6. steadfastness; constancy, as of character or purpose: The job calls for a great deal of emotional stability.
  7. the ability of an aircraft to return to its original flying position when abruptly displaced.
  8. a vow taken by a Benedictine monk, binding him to residence for life in the same monastery in which he made the vow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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