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INSTABILITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does instability mean? 

INSTABILITY (noun)
  The noun INSTABILITY has 4 senses:

1. an unstable order
2. unreliability attributable to being unstable
3. a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium
4. the quality or attribute of being unstable and irresolute

  Familiarity information: INSTABILITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSTABILITY (noun)


Sense 1instability [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unstable order

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("instability" is a kind of...):

disorder (a disturbance of the peace or of public order)

Antonym:

stability (a stable order)


Sense 2instability [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unreliability attributable to being unstable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("instability" is a kind of...):

undependability; undependableness; unreliability; unreliableness (the trait of not being dependable or reliable)


Sense 3instability [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A lack of balance or state of disequilibrium

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

imbalance; unbalance; instability

Context example:

a hormonal imbalance

Hypernyms ("instability" is a kind of...):

disequilibrium (loss of equilibrium attributable to an unstable situation in which some forces outweigh others)


Sense 4instability [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality or attribute of being unstable and irresolute

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

unstableness; instability

Hypernyms ("instability" is a kind of...):

unsteadiness (the quality of being unsteady--varying and unpredictable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "instability"):

shakiness (the quality of being unstable and insecure)

Antonym:

stability (the quality or attribute of being firm and steadfast)


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