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. Chem.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. Aeron.the ability of an aircraft to return to its original flying position when abruptly displaced.
8. Rom. Cath. Ch.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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