What does "stable to increasing/decreasing" mean in the picture below? Does it mean "stable or increasing/decreasing" or "steadily increasing/decreasing"?

  • For me, it looks like an indication of population status taken from a defined scale. Something along the lines of: Decreasing > Stable to decreasing > Stable > Stable to increasing > Increasing. Commented Jun 28, 2020 at 11:22

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You have three ranges of population change: decreasing, stable, increasing. If a value is near the boundary between one level and the adjacent one, you could link the two levels with 'to' so that 'stable to increasing' means 'stable, but near the boundary with increasing', that is the high end of the stable range. 'Stable to decreasing' means 'at the low end of the stable range'.

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