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adjective stable pronunciation in British English /ˈsteɪb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    not changing frequently and not likely to suddenly become worse
    People have become accustomed to a stable economic situation.
    The marine environment is relatively stable.
    Children benefit from stable relationships within the family unit.
    1. a.
      if a seriously ill or injured person is stable, their condition is not getting worse
      Tonight the baby is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
  2. 2
    not likely to fall or move in the wrong way
    The tent is extremely stable even in very high winds.
    The suspension keeps the car stable when cornering.
  3. 4
    science able to stay in the same state
    Solvents should be chosen that are chemically stable.

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