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volatileadjective

 us   /ˈvɑl·ə·t̬əl/
likely to ​changesuddenly and unexpectedly, or ​suddenlyviolent or ​angry: It was a volatile ​situation, and the ​policehandled it well. The ​stockmarket was ​highly volatile in the early ​part of the ​year.
chemistry If a ​substance, esp. a ​liquid, is volatile, it will ​changeeasily into a ​gas: volatile ​chemicals
volatility
noun [U]  us   /ˌvɑl·əˈtɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
Volatility in ​wheat on ​Wednesday resulted in a single-day ​tradingrecord in Kansas City.
(Definition of volatile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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volatileadjective

uk   /ˈvɒl.ə.taɪl/  us   /ˈvɑː.lə.t̬əl/
likely to ​changesuddenly and ​unexpectedly or ​suddenlybecomeviolent or ​angry: Food and ​fuelprices are very volatile in a ​warsituation. The ​situation was made more volatile by the ​fact that ​people had been ​drinking a lot of ​alcohol. He had a volatile ​temper and couldn't have been ​easy to ​live with.
A volatile ​liquid or ​solidsubstance will ​changeeasily into a ​gas.
volatility
noun [U] uk   /ˌvɒl.əˈtɪl.ə.ti/  us   /ˌvɑː.ləˈtɪl.ə.t̬i/
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volatileadjective

uk   /ˈvɒlətaɪl/  us   /ˈvɑːlətəl/
likely to ​change often or suddenly and unexpectedly: American ​technologyshares remain volatile. a volatile ​fund/​investment/​market Property has always been less volatile than ​shares or ​gilts.
volatility
noun [U]
Some ​investors are nervous about ​market volatility.
(Definition of volatile from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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