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Wordnet 3.0


1. (chemistry, physics, biology) readily undergoing change or breakdown;

2. liable to change;
- Example: "an emotionally labile person"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Labile \La"bile\, a. [L. labilis apt to slip, fr. labi to slip.] 1. Liable to slip, err, fall, or apostatize. [Obs.] --Cheyne. [1913 Webster] 2. Liable or likely to change. [PJC] 3. (Chem.) Easily decomposed or inactivated when subjected to heat, radiation, or mildly acidic or alkaline conditions; -- of chemical compounds; as, enzymes from thermophilic organisms are not as labile as those from mesophiles. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

labile adj 1: (chemistry, physics, biology) readily undergoing change or breakdown 2: liable to change; "an emotionally labile person"