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in·sta·bil·i·ty

 (ĭn′stə-bĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·sta·bil·i·ties
The quality or condition of being unstable: economic instability; emotional instability.

instability

(ˌɪnstəˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. lack of stability or steadiness
2. (Psychology) tendency to variable or unpredictable behaviour
3. (General Physics) physics a fast growing disturbance or wave in a plasma

in•sta•bil•i•ty

(ˌɪn stəˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n.
1. the quality or state of being unstable; lack of stability.
2. the tendency to behave in an unpredictable or erratic manner: emotional instability.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.instability - an unstable order
disorder - a disturbance of the peace or of public order
stability - a stable order (especially of society)
2.instability - unreliability attributable to being unstable
undependability, undependableness, unreliability, unreliableness - the trait of not being dependable or reliable
3.instability - a lack of balance or state of disequilibriuminstability - a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium; "a hormonal imbalance"
disequilibrium - loss of equilibrium attributable to an unstable situation in which some forces outweigh others
4.instability - the quality or attribute of being unstable and irresoluteinstability - the quality or attribute of being unstable and irresolute
unsteadiness - the quality of being unsteady--varying and unpredictable
shakiness - the quality of being unstable and insecure; "the shakiness of the present regime"
stability, stableness - the quality or attribute of being firm and steadfast

instability

instability

noun
1. The quality or condition of being physically unsteady:
2. The quality or condition of being erratic and undependable:
Translations
عَدَم إسْتِقْرارعَدَمُ الثَّبَاتُ
nestálost
uligevægtustabilitetustadighed
epävakaisuus
nestabilnost
óstöîugleiki
不安定
불안정
nestabilitāte
instabilitet
ความไม่แน่นอน
dengesizlikkararsızlık
tính không ổn định

instability

[ˌɪnstəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Ninestabilidad f

instability

[ˌɪnstəˈbɪlɪti] n
[place, situation] → instabilité f; [economy] → instabilité f
political instability → instabilité politique
economic instability → instabilité économique
[person] → instabilité f
mental instability → instabilité mentale

instability

nInstabilität f; (of character also)Labilität f

instability

[ˌɪnstəˈbɪlɪtɪ] ninstabilità

instability

(instəˈbiləti) noun
lack of stability or steadiness eg of personality.

instability

عَدَمُ الثَّبَاتُ nestálost ustabilitet Instabilität αστάθεια inestabilidad epävakaisuus instabilité nestabilnost instabilità 不安定 불안정 instabiliteit ustabilitet niestałość instabilidade нестабильность instabilitet ความไม่แน่นอน dengesizlik tính không ổn định 不稳定

in·sta·bil·i·ty

n. inestabilidad.

instability

n inestabilidad f
References in classic literature ?
The recognition did not lessen the reality, the poignancy of the revelation by any suggestion or promise of instability.
The family of Colonel Pyncheon, at the epoch of his death, seemed destined to as fortunate a permanence as can anywise consist with the inherent instability of human affairs.
The woman opened to him the door of a little parlor, covered with a rag carpet, where stood a table with a very shining black oil-cloth, sundry lank, high-backed wood chairs, with some plaster images in resplendent colors on the mantel-shelf, above a very dimly-smoking grate; a long hard-wood settle extended its uneasy length by the chimney, and here Haley sat him down to meditate on the instability of human hopes and happiness in general.
Micawber, putting out his hand,'this is indeed a meeting which is calculated to impress the mind with a sense of the instability and uncertainty of all human - in short, it is a most extraordinary meeting.
Not more than a drought of St Dunstan's fountain will allay,'' answered the priest; ``something there is of a whizzing in my brain, and of instability in my legs, but you shall presently see both pass away.
Thus saith Cide Hamete the Mahometan philosopher; for there are many that by the light of nature alone, without the light of faith, have a comprehension of the fleeting nature and instability of this present life and the endless duration of that eternal life we hope for; but our author is here speaking of the rapidity with which Sancho's government came to an end, melted away, disappeared, vanished as it were in smoke and shadow.
The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations.
Beyond this indication of extensive decay, however, the fabric gave little token of instability.
Its instability startled me extremely, and I had a queer reminiscence of the childish days when I used to be forbidden to meddle.
And Dantes, happy to escape the history and explanation which would be sure to confirm his belief in his friend's mental instability, glided like a snake along the narrow passage; while Faria, restored by his alarm to a certain amount of activity, pushed the stone into place with his foot, and covered it with a mat in order the more effectually to avoid discovery.
The only thing that was pleasant to him in that odious tableau -- such is the instability of the human mind -- was the sullen face of Grimaud, for whom he had at first conceived such a hatred and who now was all his hope.
The king's mandate to stay the New England persecutors was effectual in preventing further martyrdoms; but the colonial authorities, trusting in the remoteness of their situation, and perhaps in the supposed instability of the royal government, shortly renewed their severities in all other respects.