stato-, stat-, sta-, -static, -stasi, staso-, -stasis, -stasia, -stacy, -stitute, -stitution, -sist

(Latin: standing, to stay, to make firm, fixed; cause to stand, to put, to place, to put in place, to remain in place; to stand still)

abstistic (adjective), more abstistic, most abstistic
1. A reference to all conversation, writing, and argument that bases itself on theoretical principles, positions, political persuasions; on data that is devoid of the heart, voice, poetry, or ideology rather than experience: The essay was an abstistic model of nothing but heartless ideology and statistics.
2. Etymology: from abstract, meaning "disembodied, divorced from being perceived by the senses or the mind or being handled or touched or felt" + statistic, "facts that describe a situation".
aerostat (s) (noun), aerostats (pl)
1. A dirigible, balloon, or other aircraft that is lifted and sustained by virtue of one or more containers filled with a gas lighter than air.
2. Any of a proposed system of satellites for use in air traffic control and maritime navigation.
3. In biology, an air sac in an insect body or in the bones of a birds.
4. Etymology: from aero, [nautical] + sat [ellite].
aerostatic (adjective), more aerostatic, most aerostatic
1. Relating to air and other gases in a state of balance and of the stable condition of balloons or aircraft even under changing atmospheric flight conditions.
2. Pertaining to an aircraft, especially a balloon or dirigible, deriving its lift from the buoyancy of surrounding air rather than from the motion in the air.
aerostatics (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
1. The branch of aeromechanics that deals with the balance of air or other gases, and with the equilibrium of solid bodies; such as, floating in air or in other gases.
2. The science of aircraft that are lighter than air; for example, dirigibles and balloons.
amyostasia (s) (noun), amyostasias (pl)
Difficulty in standing because of a tremor of the muscles or as a result of a lack of coordination.
amyostatic (adjective), more amyostatic, most amyostatic
Relating to muscular tremors or involuntary quivering or shaking.
ananastasia (s) (noun), ananastasias (pl)
A neurotic inability to get up from a sitting postion or to stand up.
anastasis (s) (noun), anastases (pl)
A recovery or convalescence from a debilitating medical condition or increasing one's health.
antidisestablishmentarian (s) (noun), antidisestablishmentarians (pl)
The doctrine or political position that opposes the withdrawal of the state's recognition of an established church; especially, concerning the Anglican Church in England.
antidisestablishmentarianism (noun) (no plural form)
1. A political philosophy that was opposed to the separation of a religious group, or church, and a government or state; especially, the belief held by those in 19th century England who were opposed to separating the Anglican church from the civil government or to refer to the separation of church and state.
2. The word is especially noted for its unusual length of twenty-eight letters and twelve syllables and it is considered to be one of the longest words in the English language.
antiestablishmentarianism (s) (noun), antiestablishmentarianisms (pl)
A policy or attitude that views a nation's power structure as corrupt, repressive, exploitive, etc.: "Antiestablishmentarianism involves those who are opposed to the existing social and political structures of their government or society."
apostasy (s) (noun), apostasies (pl)
The rejection of or the abandonment of a religious belief, a political party, or certain principles: Jacob's apostasy was a disappointment for his mother because he no longer belonged to the religious organization that he had been a member of ever since he was a child.
A total departure or desertion.
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armistice (s) (noun), armistices (pl)
1. A formal agreement to temporarily end military fighting by mutual consent; a truce.
2. Etymology: from French armistice, coined on the model of Latin solstitium, from Latin arma, "arms" + -stitium which is from Latin sistere, "to cause to stand, to come to a stop, to make stand still".
arrest (s) (noun), arrests (pl)
1. The act of legally taking and keeping someone in custody by the police: Witnesses and the photos taken by the in-store cameras have led to the arrest of four suspects.
2. In medicine, an occurrence in which a part of the body suddenly stops functioning: The patient went into a cardiac arrest.

"The local hospital reported an increase in respiratory arrests or instances in which several patients suddenly stopped breathing."

3. Etymology: from Latin ad-, "at, to" + restare, "to remain, to stop".
arrest (verb), arrests; arrested; arresting
1. To use the power and authority of the law to take and to keep someone in jail: "The police officer said, 'I'm arresting you in the name of the law.' "

"The police arrested the man for assaulting his wife."

2. To stop the movement of something: "The doctor told the patient that drugs can't arrest the progress of the disease, however, they can slow it down."

Related word families intertwined with "to place, placing, to put; to add; to stay; to attach" word units: fix-; pon-; prosth-; the-, thes-.