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volatile

adjective    /ˈvɑl·ə·t̬əl/
likely to change suddenly and unexpectedly, or suddenly violent or angry: It was a volatile situation, and the police handled it well. The stock market was highly volatile in the early part of the year. chemistry If a substance, esp. a liquid, is volatile, it will change easily into a gas: volatile chemicals volatility    /ˌvɑl·əˈtɪl·ɪ·t̬i/ noun [U] Volatility in wheat on Wednesday resulted in a single-day trading record in Kansas City.
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