stable Definition

  • 1not likely to change or fail
  • 2firmly established
  • 3able to remain upright and not fall over
  • 4a building in which horses are kept

Using stable: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stable" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The economy is finally stable after years of recession.

  • Example

    She has a stable job with a good salary.

  • Example

    The table is stable on the uneven ground.

  • Example

    The horses are kept in the stable.

stable Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for stable

Idioms Using stable

  • taking action too late to prevent something bad from happening


    He installed a security system after his house was burglarized, but it was a case of a stable door after the horse has bolted.

  • to do things in the wrong order


    You need to finish your homework before you can watch TV; don't put the cart before the horse.

  • to wait and be patient


    Hold your horses, we're not ready to start yet.

Phrases with stable

  • stable condition

    a medical condition that is not getting worse or improving


    The patient is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

  • a romantic relationship that is steady and not likely to change


    They have been together for five years and have a stable relationship.

  • a government that is firmly established and not likely to collapse


    The country needs a stable government to address its problems.

Origins of stable

from Old French 'estable', from Latin 'stabulum', meaning 'a standing place'


Summary: stable in Brief

The term 'stable' [ˈsteɪbl] refers to something that is not likely to change or fail, such as a steady job or a firm government. It can also mean something that is able to remain upright and not fall over, like a table or a building for horses. Phrases like 'stable condition' and 'stable relationship' denote a state of steadiness, while idioms like 'put the cart before the horse' and 'hold your horses' refer to doing things in the right order and being patient.

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