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steadiness

[ sted-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF steadiness

Synonyms for steadiness

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Antonyms for steadiness

  • instability
  • doubt
  • spinelessness
  • uncertainty
  • weakness
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STEADINESS

This may have increased the resistance, but it adds to the steadiness.

My steadiness was owing, in a great measure, to the following circumstances.

His steadiness did not carry him to the end of his sentence.

What shall I say of the steadiness and exactitude of his hand?

The moment was critical, but the steadiness of Captain Truck did not desert him.

But there was a steadiness in Gaspare which was impressive, which could not be ignored.

Artois looked at him with a steadiness that seemed to pierce.

He lighted a cigarette to shew the steadiness of hand and eyes.

His conscience was clear, his resolve perfect in its steadiness.

Then there was the owner-engineer close at hand to be impressed by his zeal and steadiness.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s (replacing earlier steadfast), from stead + adjectival suffix -y (2), perhaps on model of Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stadig. Old English had stæððig "grave, serious," and stedig "barren," but neither seems to be the direct source of the modern word. Old Norse cognate stoðugr "steady, stable" was closer in sense.

Originally of things; of persons or minds from c.1600. Meaning "working at an even rate" is first recorded in 1540s. Steady progress is etymologically a contradiction in terms. Steady state first attested 1885; as a cosmological theory (propounded by Bondi, Gold, and Hoyle), it is attested from 1948.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR STEADINESS

certainty

nounpositive assurance
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