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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Instability  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  instability 
  n  1:  an  unstable  order  [ant:  {stability}] 
  2:  unreliability  attributable  to  being  unstable 
  3:  a  state  of  disequilibrium  [syn:  {imbalance},  {unbalance}] 
  [ant:  {balance}] 
  4:  the  quality  or  attribute  of  being  unstable  [syn:  {unstableness}] 
  [ant:  {stability},  {stability}] 




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