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Stability is a matter of having the ability to "get it right" in varying conditions, by virtue of the firmness of one's grasp of the demands the virtue makes, and just because one never actually finds oneself tested does not mean that one has the untested virtue.
by virtue of : because of : through the force of <She succeeded by virtue of persistence.
By virtue of their profession, doctors and nurses have more stringent obligations of beneficence than most.
By way of contrast, in the participation approach to goodness, human beings "are good by virtue of their participation in God who is Goodness-Itself" (p.