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Definition 1: lacking stability or fixity or firmness - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unstable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • unstable political conditions
  • the tower proved to be unstable in the high wind
  • an unstable world economy

(unstable is similar to ...) liable to rock

"on high rocky heels"

(unstable is similar to ...) unstable and prone to tip as if intoxicated

"a tipsy boat"

(unstable is similar to ...) subject to or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration

(unstable is similar to ...) (of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse

"a tottering empire"

(unstable is similar to ...) inclined to shake as from weakness or defect

"a rickety table" "a wobbly chair with shaky legs" "the ladder felt a little wobbly" "the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky"

(unstable is similar to ...) liable to lead to sudden change or violence

"an explosive issue" "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation"

(unstable is similar to ...) (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail

(unstable is similar to ...) being where earthquake waves arrive simultaneously

(unstable is similar to ...) explosively unstable

"a volcanic temper"

(unstable is similar to ...) unstable by being overloaded at the top

(means also ...) likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable

"inconstant affections" "an inconstant lover" "swear not by...the inconstant moon"

(means also ...) not permanent; not lasting

"politics is an impermanent factor of life" "impermanent palm cottages" "a temperary arrangement" "temporary housing"

(means also ...) subject to change or variation

"her unsteady walk" "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine" "an unsteady voice"

Definition 2: subject to change; variable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unstable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fluid situation fraught with uncertainty
  • everything was unstable following the coup

Synonyms for unstable in the sense of this definition

(unstable is similar to ...) such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change

"changeable behavior" "changeable moods" "changeable prices"

Definition 3: suffering from severe mental illness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unstable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • of unsound mind

Synonyms for unstable in the sense of this definition

(unstable is similar to ...) afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement

"was declared insane" "insane laughter"

Definition 4: disposed to psychological variability - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unstable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his rather unstable religious convictions

(unstable is similar to ...) uncertain how to act or proceed

"the committee was timid and mediocre and irresolute"

Definition 5: highly or violently reactive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unstable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sensitive and highly unstable compounds

(unstable is similar to ...) participating readily in reactions

"sodium is a reactive metal" "free radicals are very reactive"

Definition 6: affording no ease or reassurance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unstable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a precarious truce

Synonyms for unstable in the sense of this definition

(unstable is similar to ...) lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance

"farmers were uneasy until rain finally came" "uneasy about his health" "gave an uneasy laugh" "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown" "an uneasy coalition government" "an uneasy calm" "an uneasy silence fell on the group"

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