Definitions of instability

  1. unreliability attributable to being unstable Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an unstable order Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the quality or attribute of being unstable and irresolute Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Lack of determination of fixedness; inconstancy; fickleness; mutability; changeableness; as, instability of character, temper, custom, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Want of firmness; inconstancy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Want of stability or steadiness: want of firmness: inconstancy: fickleness: mutability. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Changeableness; fickleness; inconstancy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for instability

  1. If this hypothesis, which has aroused many criticisms, be sound- if this state were met with- it would be the ideal type of imaginative instability in the religious order. – Essay on the Creative Imagination by Th. Ribot
  2. We have had, within the last ten years, a severe lesson concerning the instability of wealth in some of its most trusted forms. – Modern Society by Julia Ward Howe