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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.




3. volatile marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

SamplesFickle friends.
A flirt's volatile affections.




4. volatile tending to vary often or widely

SamplesVolatile stocks.
Volatile emotions.

Similarchangeable, changeful


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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