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Dictionary definition for: Volatile

1. (n) a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor; "it was heated to evaporate the volatiles"

2. (a) evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures; "volatile oils" "volatile solvents"

3. (s) liable to lead to sudden change or violence; "an explosive issue" "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation"

4. (s) marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments; "fickle friends" "a flirt''s volatile affections"

5. (s) tending to vary often or widely; "volatile stocks" "volatile emotions"

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