Definition of labile in English:
1.1Of or characterized by emotions that are easily aroused or freely expressed, and that tend to alter quickly and spontaneously; emotionally unstable.
- Only emotionally labile noncompliance was a significant predictor of peer rejection.
- Objectively, he is emotionally labile and becomes jittery and nervous when discussing the ring.
- She may be labile and inconsistent, expressing strong emotions of various types without any solid reason.
1.2 Chemistry Easily broken down or displaced.
- We know that elements are labile things, which is why lead water pipes and lead-based paints are no longer manufactured, and why aluminium cooking utensils are (rightly or wrongly) accused on suspicion of causing dementia.
- This is consistent with perceptions that lipids are more labile than nonlipids.
- The chemical exchange of labile deuterons was measured as described previously, using an inversion-transfer technique.
late Middle English (in the sense 'liable to err or sin'): from late Latin labilis, from labi 'to fall'.
- Example sentences
- Increasing problems with mood lability are noticeable as girls move into puberty.
- The change of the lability of the system as the diffusion layer thickness is modified is analyzed in detail.
- Other examples of affective lability can be found in women with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.
Pronunciation: /lāˈbilətē, lə-/noun
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