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stable equilibrium[′stā·bəl ‚ē·kwə′lib·rē·əm]
(science and technology)
Equilibrium in which any departure from the equilibrium state gives rise to forces or influences which tend to return the system to equilibrium.
The condition of a structure in equilibrium; when a slight disturbance is applied to the structure and then removed, the structure returns to its equilibrium position. Compare with unstable equilibrium.