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stăbĭlis , e, adj. sto, prop. where one can stand; hence, pregn.,
I.that stands firm; firm, steadfast, steady, stable (class.; esp. in the trop. sense; syn.: firmus, constans).
II. Trop., firm, enduring, durable, stable; immutable, unwavering; steadfast, intrepid (syn.: “firmus, constans, certus): fundamentum,Lucr. 5, 1121: “amici firmi et stabiles et constantes,Cic. Lael. 17, 62: “stabilem se in amicitiā praestare,id. ib. 17, 64: “stabile et fixum et permanens bonum,id. Tusc. 5, 14, 40: “decretum stabile, fixum, ratum,id. Ac. 2, 9, 27: “stabilis certaque sententia (opp. errans et vaga),id. N. D. 2, 1, 2: urbs sedem stabilem non habebit, id. Marcell. 9, 29: “matrimonium stabile et certum,id. Phil. 2, 18, 44: “stabilis et certa possessio,id. Lael. 15, 55: “praecepta firma, stabilia,id. Off. 1, 2, 6: “opinio,id. N. D. 2, 2, 5: “oratio stabilis ac non mutata,id. Mil. 34, 92: “nihil est tam ad diuturnitatem memoriae stabile quam, etc.,id. de Or. 1, 28, 129: “animus stabilis amicis,id. Inv. 1, 30, 47: “virtus, Quae maneat stabili cum fugit illa (Fortuna) pede,Ov. Tr. 5, 14, 30.—Of springs: “aquae certae, stabilesque et salubres,unfailing, perennial, Plin. 31, 3, 28, § 48: eam (summam voluptatem) tum adesse, cum dolor omnis absit: eam stabilem appellas (opp. in motu), i. e. a fixed state or condition, Cic. Fin. 2, 23, 75.—Of feet, syllables, etc., in verse: “spondei,Hor. A. P. 256; so, “pedes, dochmius, syllabae, etc.,Quint. 9, 4, 97 sq.: stabilia probant, i. e. consisting of such feet, etc., id. 9, 4, 116.—Comp.: “imperium stabilius,Ter. Ad. 1, 1, 41.—Sup.: quaestus stabilissimus, Cato, R. R. praef. fin.—*
b. Stabile est, with subject - clause, like certum est, it is settled, it is decided: “profecto stabile'st, me patri aurum reddere,Plaut. Bacch. 3, 4, 25.—Hence, adv.: stăbĭlĭter (acc. to I.), firmly, durably, permanently (very rare): “includatur tympanum,Vitr. 10, 14.—Comp.: “fundare molem,Suet. Claud. 20.
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