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President Trumps wrote he is a "stable genius". According to my dictionary research, "stable" could mean:

  1. resistant to change
  2. not showing erratic emotions.

So does Trump mean that he is "a genius, who will always remain a genius" or "a mentally stable person who happens to be a genius"?

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    He chose the word "stable" to modify genius simply to refute the common headline that he is "unstable". Meaning roughly, whatever the media is trying to say he is - he's saying he isn't. – Oldbag Jan 7 '18 at 18:35
  • Stable: 1 : a building in which domestic animals are sheltered and fed; especially : such a building having stalls or compartments -- a horse stable – Hot Licks Jul 19 '18 at 21:49
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    One of Trump's special skills—regrettably not often evident in his work as U.S. president—is his ability to use a stapler crisply and efficiently. Give him two sheets of paper and a big, red, fully loaded Swingline stapler, and in no time he will have neatly conjoined the two sheets by means of a thin metal fastener. It's really what he's best at—and he's aware of it, which leads to occasional outbursts of braggadocio such as the one you ask about. – Sven Yargs Jul 20 '18 at 5:48
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    @SvenYargs - But spelling is not his strong suit. – Hot Licks Jul 20 '18 at 11:50
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    @HotLicks: It's a kind of vertical dyslexia, I think. – Sven Yargs Jul 20 '18 at 18:58
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You are asking a question about the wrong part of the phrase. As per the OED, "genius":

A. n.
I. A supernatural being, and related senses.
1. a. ... a guardian spirit similarly associated with a place

So, it is perfectly reasonable (insofar as anything associated with DJT is reasonable) to assume that he is asserting his status as the guardian spirit of a horse-stall. A 'manes of manure', so to speak.

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    I laffed, but no. – SáT Jan 16 '18 at 22:46
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The word stable can have many meanings. When something is stable, it's fixed and steady. If you needed advice, you'd probably go to your most stable friend, the one least likely to act crazy or be easily upset.

Whether you're talking about an object or a person, the adjective stable implies reliability and strength. You can describe a government as stable, or a relationship, or a desk. A completely different meaning of stable is the noun "building used for housing horses or other animals." Both senses of the word come from the Latin stabilis, "firm or steadfast."

In our case it is just like with the friend mentioned above.

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President Trump chose the word "stable" to modify genius simply to refute the common headline that he is "unstable". Meaning roughly, whatever the media is trying to say he is - he's saying he isn't.

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