instability

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. changeableness, unsteadiness, inconstancy.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. inconstancy, changeability, immaturity, mutability, variability, unstableness, nonuniformity, inconsistency, irregularity, imbalance, disequilibrium, unsteadiness, shakiness, precariousness, vulnerability, pliancy, fluidity, restlessness, inquietude, disquiet, anxiety, fluctuation, alternation, oscillation, fitfulness, impermanence, transience, vacillation, hesitation, flightiness, capriciousness, wavering, irresolution, uncertainty, fickleness, volatility; see also change 1 , mobility , weakness 1 , 2 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
unstableness, unsteadiness, shakiness, imbalance, precariousness, insecurity, variability, inconstancy, impermanence, vacillation, fickleness, capriciousness, volatility.
ANT.: stability, equilibrium, steadiness
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The quality or condition of being physically unsteady: precariousness, ricketiness, shakiness, unstableness, unsteadiness, wobbliness. See FLEXIBLE. 2. The quality or condition of being erratic and undependable: insecureness, insecurity, precariousness, shakiness, unstableness, unsteadiness, unsureness. See CHANGE, STRONG.

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