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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not sturdy)
a. inestable
I wouldn't cross that bridge. It looks pretty unstable.Yo no cruzaría ese puente. Parece bastante inestable.
b. poco firme
It is dangerous to climb the cliff because the rocks are unstable.Es peligroso escalar el acantilado porque las rocas están poco firmes.
c. poco sólido
These vehicles are suitable for unstable terrain.Estos vehículos son aptos para terreno poco sólido.
2. (precarious)
a. inestable (government or economy)
With a civil war in a neighboring country, the situation is unstable.Con una guerra civil en un país vecino, la situación es inestable.
3. (weather)
a. inestable
I don't think we should leave port with reports of unstable weather.No creo que debamos dejar el puerto con pronósticos de tiempo inestable.
b. variable
Our flight was cancelled due to unstable weather conditions.Cancelaron nuestro vuelo a causa de las condiciones climáticas variables.
4. (chemistry)
a. inestable
Gasoline is dangerous because it's such an unstable substance.La gasolina es peligrosa porque es una sustancia sumamente inestable.
5. (medicine)
a. inestable
He will be transferred to the ICU because his condition is unstable.Lo van a trasladar a la unidad de terapia intensiva porque su condición es inestable.
6. (psychology)
a. inestable
Our assessment was that the defendant was mentally unstable at the time of the crime.Nuestra evaluación fue que el acusado estaba mentalmente inestable en el momento del crimen.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (structure, government)
a. inestable
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unstable [ˈʌnˈsteɪbl]
1 (unsafe) [+building, construction] inestable; poco firme; poco sólido
2 (unpredictable) [+condition, economy, prices] inestable
the country is politically unstable el país es inestable desde el punto de vista político
US reliance on oil from politically unstable parts of the world continues to grow Most investors are unwilling to get involved while prices are still unstable ...unstable world wheat prices
3 [+weather] inestable; variable
4 (Psychology and Psychiatry) [+person, character] inestable
mentally/emotionally unstable mentalmente/emocionalmente inestable
5 (Fís) [+matter, molecule] inestable
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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