stable

When something is stable, it's fixed and steady. If you needed advice, you'd probably go to your most stable friend, the one least likely to act crazy or be easily upset.

Whether you're talking about an object or a person, the adjective stable implies reliability and strength. You can describe a government as stable, or a relationship, or a desk. A completely different meaning of stable is the noun "building used for housing horses or other animals." Both senses of the word come from the Latin stabilis, "firm or steadfast."

Definitions of stable
  1. adjective
    resistant to change of position or condition
    “a stable ladder”
    “a stable peace”
    “a stable relationship”
    stable prices”
    Synonyms:
    constant
    steadfast in purpose or devotion or affection
    lasting, permanent
    continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place
    firm, steady, unfluctuating
    not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall
    lasting
    lasting a long time without change
    stabile
    (chemistry, physics, biology) resistant to change
    stabilised, stabilized
    made stable or firm
    steady
    not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
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    Antonyms:
    unstable
    lacking stability or fixity or firmness
    inconstant
    likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable
    impermanent, temporary
    not permanent; not lasting
    coseismal, coseismic
    being where earthquake waves arrive simultaneously
    crank, cranky, tender, tippy
    (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
    explosive, volatile
    liable to lead to sudden change or violence
    rickety, shaky, wobbly, wonky
    inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
    rocky
    liable to rock
    seismal, seismic
    subject to or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration
    top-heavy
    unstable by being overloaded at the top
    tottering
    (of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse
    volcanic
    explosively unstable
    unsteady
    subject to change or variation
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  2. adjective
    showing little if any change
    synonyms: static, unchanging
    unchangeable
    not changeable or subject to change
  3. adjective
    maintaining equilibrium
    Synonyms:
    balanced
    being in a state of proper equilibrium
  4. adjective
    firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation
    “the economy is stable
    Synonyms:
    sound
    financially secure and safe
  5. adjective
    not taking part readily in chemical change
    Synonyms:
    unreactive
    (chemistry) not reacting chemically
  6. noun
    a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
    synonyms: horse barn, stalls
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    examples:
    Augean stables
    (Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
    types:
    livery stable
    stable where horses and vehicles are kept for hire
    type of:
    farm building
    a building on a farm
  7. verb
    shelter in a stable
    stable horses”
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    type of:
    shelter
    provide shelter for
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