meta- + stability
metastability (countable and uncountable, plural metastabilities)
- 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."
unstable but potentially long-lived state