Definition of 'unstable'
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You are emotionally unstable because of stuff that happened to you way back. The Sun (2012)The result is a spread of weak minority governments and unstable coalitions. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The world is becoming a more dangerous and unstable place. The Sun (2010)This has long been a potentially unstable combination. Times, Sunday Times (2006)This results in better outcomes after a patient suffers from unstable angina or a heart attack. Times, Sunday Times (2015)To be doing so while also becoming more mentally unstable would really be depressing. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Any man who would wish to sport a picture of a battered woman must be emotionally unstable. The Sun (2012)The second is less common and occurs at rest and is known as unstable angina. Coping with Angina (1990)Police said he was known to them as a petty offender and appeared to be mentally unstable. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is also an aid in treating patients with small heart attacks or unstable angina. Living with Angina (1991)He became paranoid and emotionally unstable. The Sun (2016)That's an unstable situation for at least two months. The Sun (2016)It would be obvious that such a Government would be unstable and unable to implement its programme. Times, Sunday Times (2014)So if the situation is unstable and unpredictable, is there anything that can be done? Times, Sunday Times (2013)So in an increasingly dangerous and unstable world can Britain still defend itself against the mounting military threats? Times, Sunday Times (2015)In total, there have been fewer than six years of being governed this way and these periods proved highly unstable. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This situation was extremely unstable. Times, Sunday Times (2011)DSK's defenders paint her as fragile and emotionally unstable. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Their work is probably part-time, and highly unstable. Sociology (1995)The monarchy was overthrown in 1973, and since then government has been unstable. Twentieth Century History - Basic Facts (1985)Yet convincing people voluntarily to declare income and pay tax, a practice few remember after three decades of violence and unstable governments, is no easy task. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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British English: unstable /ʌnˈsteɪbl/ ADJECTIVE
You can describe something as unstable if it is likely to change suddenly, especially if this creates difficulty.
The situation is unstable and dangerous.
- American English: unstable
- Arabic: غَيْرُ مُسْتَقِرّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: instável
- Chinese: 不稳定的
- Croatian: nestabilan
- Czech: nestabilní
- Danish: ustabil
- Dutch: onstabiel
- European Spanish: inestable
- Finnish: horjuva
- French: instable
- German: instabil
- Greek: ανισόρροπος
- Italian: instabile
- Japanese: 不安定な
- Korean: 불안정한
- Norwegian: ustabil
- Polish: chwiejny
- European Portuguese: instável
- Romanian: instabil
- Russian: нестабильный
- Spanish: inestable
- Swedish: instabil
- Thai: ไม่มั่นคง
- Turkish: dengesiz
- Ukrainian: нестабільний
- Vietnamese: không ổn định
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