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adjective, stabler, stablest.
not likely to fall or give way, as a structure, support, foundation, etc.; firm; steady.
able or likely to continue or last; firmly established; enduring or permanent:
a stable government.
resistant to sudden change or deterioration:
A stable economy is the aim of every government.
steadfast; not wavering or changeable, as in character or purpose; dependable.
not subject to emotional instability or illness; sane; mentally sound.
Physics. having the ability to react to a disturbing force by maintaining or reestablishing position, form, etc.
Chemistry. not readily decomposing, as a compound; resisting molecular or chemical change.
(of a patient’s condition) exhibiting no significant change.
a building, usually consisting of stalls, for the lodging of horses or other livestock
the animals lodged in such a building, collectively

the racehorses belonging to a particular establishment or owner
the establishment itself
(as modifier): stable companion

(informal) a source of training, such as a school, theatre, etc: the two athletes were out of the same stable
a number of people considered as a source of a particular talent: a stable of writers
(modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for a stable: stable manners
to put, keep, or be kept in a stable
steady in position or balance; firm
lasting or permanent: a stable relationship
steadfast or firm of purpose
(of an elementary particle, atomic nucleus, etc) not undergoing decay; not radioactive: a stable nuclide
(of a chemical compound) not readily partaking in a chemical change
(of electronic equipment) with no tendency to self-oscillation

stable sta·ble (stā’bəl)
adj. sta·bler, sta·blest

Resistant to change of position or condition.

Not subject to mental illness or irrationality.

Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.

Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.


Not susceptible to a process of decay, such as radioactivity. For example, the most common isotope of carbon, carbon 12, is stable. Protons and photons are examples of stable subatomic particles. See more at decay.

Relating to a chemical compound that does not easily decompose or change into other compounds. Water is an example of a stable compound.

Relating to an atom or chemical element that is unlikely to share electrons with another atom or element.

Not likely to change significantly or to deteriorate suddenly, as an individual’s medical condition.

see: lock the barn (stable) door after the horse has bolted


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