Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being unstable; instability

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Instability.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality or attribute of being unstable and irresolute

Etymologies

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unstable +‎ -ness

Examples

  • It's not always only roses with my husband now, but we both respect each others personality and unstableness.

    Confession

  • The loneliness and abandonment Campana felt during this period ultimately did lead to his unstableness, and when he was called up by the army for duty, he was declared mentally unbalanced, and was classified as hopelessly insane and was put away at the Castel Pulci, a psychiatric hospital, where he remained, carrying on a correspondence with Soffici, Cecchi, and others for the rest of his life.

    Dino Campana

  • HELLMKE: Well, obviously, you don't want to go right out to the edge of the ice where they are because of the unstableness of the ice.

    CNN Transcript Nov 25, 2005

  • Mokubung said the unstableness was caused by frustration as the

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Of all that deformity and dissimilitude to the divine nature which is come upon us by the fall, there is no one part more eminent, or rather no one defect more evident, than inconstancy and unstableness of mind in embracing that which is spiritually good.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Her mind was racked by inconsistencies, but she did not perceive it herself, otherwise she must also have observed that she was running up the whole gamut of her past moods and experiences, only to find how unsatisfactory in its unstableness and futility was each.

    The Heavenly Twins

  • But God knoweth his thought and his unstableness, and yet shall he die right an holy man, and no doubt he hath no fellow of no earthly sinful man.

    Chapter V. The Sixteenth Book. Of the Good Counsel That the Hermit Gave to Him

  • Gerard turned himself to God with the strength of his whole heart, for he said, "I have chosen to be an abject in the house of my God rather than to dwell in the tabernacles of sinners"; and so, God working with him, he exchanged riches for poverty, pride for humility, luxury for self-denial, unstableness for a stedfast mind, worldliness for a spiritual life, subtlety for devotion and singlemindedness.

    The Founders of the New Devotion: Being the Lives of Gerard Groote, Florentius Radewin and Their Followers.

  • Such study doth engender vain-glory, a heart puffed up, disorderly manners, empty thoughts, unstableness of mind, forgetfulness and light thoughts of God, love for the praise of man, a troubled conscience, a darkened understanding, and it doth render the soul faint and weak rather than refresh it.

    The Founders of the New Devotion: Being the Lives of Gerard Groote, Florentius Radewin and Their Followers.

  • Finally, Orchis glanced off from so unpleasing a subject into the most unexpected reflections, taken from a religious point of view, upon the unstableness and deceitfulness of the human heart.

    The Confidence-Man

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