Definitions for: Instability


[n] the quality or attribute of being unstable
[n] unreliability attributable to being unstable
[n] an unstable order
[n] a state of disequilibrium (as may occur in cases of inner ear disease)



Webster (1913) Definition: In`sta*bil"i*ty, n.; pl. Instabilities. [L.
instabilitas: cf. F. instabilit['e].]
1. The quality or condition of being unstable; want of
stability, firmness, or steadiness; liability to give way
or to fail; insecurity; precariousness; as, the
instability of a building.

2. Lack of determination of fixedness; inconstancy;
fickleness; mutability; changeableness; as, instability of
character, temper, custom, etc. --Addison.

Syn: Inconstancy; fickleness; changeableness; wavering;
unsteadiness; unstableness.

Synonyms: imbalance, unbalance, unstableness

Antonyms: balance, stability, stability, stableness

See Also: disequilibrium, disorder, ricketiness, shakiness, undependability, undependableness, unreliability, unreliableness, unsteadiness

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