Unstable

/uhnstey'buhl/

Sense: Adjective


  1. Lacking stability or fixity or firmness.

    1. Unstable political conditions.
    2. The tower proved to be unstable in the high wind.
    3. An unstable world economy.
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  2. Highly or violently reactive.

    1. Sensitive and highly unstable compounds.
  3. Disposed to psychological variability.

    1. His rather unstable religious convictions.
  4. Subject to change; variable.

    1. A fluid situation fraught with uncertainty.
    2. Everything was unstable following the coup.
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  5. Suffering from severe mental illness.

    1. Of unsound mind.
    Synonym(s):
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Pronunciation
Syllable Hyphenation
un•sta•ble
IPA Transcription
/ʌnsteɪ'bʌɫ/
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