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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 21st June 2024
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labile (adjective) LAY-byle

Unstable, liable to change.

... an 11-year-old by “became agitated, emotionally labile and experienced thoughts of self-harm”; ...

M. Whitely, Western Australia Hansard, 23 November 2006. W. Australia Hansard

Unfortunately it is during this labile period that life-long habits, good or bad, develop.

H. Ip, Hong Kong Legislative Council, 5 November 1987. Hong Kong Legislative Council

In these labile times and our family-unfriendly society, I suggest you remain as independent and self-reliant as you can be, including maintaining your earning capacity.

Margaret Cook, The Observer, 16 July 2000.
The Observer

Instead he opts for material from everyday life - stories of common soldiers, inhabitants of the bombed-out cities, and later the population of the West German Wirtschaftswunder, struggling with the problems of a new and sometimes labile democracy.

R.A. Berman, The New York Times, 23 August 1987, New York Times
reviewing Heinrich Boll's The Casualty. Amazon

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