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metastability

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meta- +‎ stability

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metastability (plural metastabilities)

  1. An unstable but potentially long-lived state of a system; for example, a supersaturated solution or an excited atom.
    • 1989, Irving Singer The Nature of Love
      Soloman's belief that love is necessarily paradoxical issues from his attempt to define it as what Sartre would call a dialectical metastability. Love must therefore be not a "state of the union but a never ending conflict of pushing away and pulling together."

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