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English adjective: volatile

1. volatile evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures


SamplesVolatile oils.
Volatile solvents.


Similarevaporable, vaporific, vaporizable, vapourific, vapourisable, volatilisable, volatilizable


See alsoinconstant


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry


Antonymsnonvolatile, nonvolatilisable, nonvolatilizable

2. volatile liable to lead to sudden change or violence


SamplesAn explosive issue.
A volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation.


Synonymsexplosive


Similarunstable


Antonymsstable

3. volatile marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments


SamplesFickle friends.
A flirt's volatile affections.


Synonymsfickle


Similarinconstant


Antonymsconstant

4. volatile tending to vary often or widely


SamplesVolatile stocks.
Volatile emotions.


Similarchangeable, changeful


Antonymsunchangeable


English noun: volatile

1. volatile (substance) a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor


SamplesIt was heated to evaporate the volatiles.


Broader (hypernym)substance









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