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Main Entry: 3stable
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): sta·bler /-b(schwa-)lschwar/; sta·blest /-b(schwa-)lschwast/
Etymology: Middle English stable "fixed, not moving or changing," from early French estable (same meaning), from Latin stabilis (same meaning), from stare "to stand"
1 a : firmly established : FIXED, STEADFAST <a stable community> b : not easily changed or affected <a stable government> c : not likely to change suddenly or greatly <a stable income>
2 a : steady in purpose : CONSTANT b : not subject to insecurity or emotional illness : SANE <stable personalities>
3 : not readily changing in chemical composition or physical state <a stable compound>
- sta·ble·ness /-bschwal-nschwas/ noun
- sta·bly /-b(schwa-)lemacron/ adverb

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