Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being volatile or of having the power of flight.
  • noun The state or property of being volatile; disposition to exhale or evaporate; that property of a substance which disposes it to become more or less freely or rapidly diffused and wasted in the atmosphere; capability of evaporating, or being dissipated at ordinary atmospheric temperatures: as, the volatility of ether, alcohol, ammonia, or the essential oils.
  • noun The character of being volatile; frivolous, flighty, or giddy behavior; mutability of mind; levity; flightiness; fickleness: as, the volatility of youth.
  • noun Synonyms Lightness, Frivolity, etc. (see levity), instability, giddiness.

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  • noun The state of being volatile

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  • noun the trait of being unpredictably irresolute
  • noun the property of changing readily from a solid or liquid to a vapor
  • noun being easily excited

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Examples

  • (Of course, this reduction in volatility is by no means welfare improving!)

    Finn E. Kydland - Autobiography

  • If you have a longer time horizon, you should determine your asset allocation by taking an asset allocation questionnaire, so that your stock market exposure will permit you to hold and not panic during periods of short term volatility.

    Dan Solin: Coping With the Bogeyman of a Market Crash

  • Most recently the Right appears to believe that its desires can reshape the global bond markets, so that a U.S. default would become simply "short term volatility."

    Carl Pope: The Party of Crazy

  • If you have a longer time horizon, you should determine your asset allocation by taking an asset allocation questionnaire, so that your stock market exposure will permit you to hold and not panic during periods of short term volatility.

    Dan Solin: Coping With the Bogeyman of a Market Crash

  • If you have a longer time horizon, you should determine your asset allocation by taking an asset allocation questionnaire, so that your stock market exposure will permit you to hold and not panic during periods of short term volatility.

    Dan Solin: Coping With the Bogeyman of a Market Crash

  • If you have a longer time horizon, you should determine your asset allocation by taking an asset allocation questionnaire, so that your stock market exposure will permit you to hold and not panic during periods of short term volatility.

    Dan Solin: Coping With the Bogeyman of a Market Crash

  • If you have a longer time horizon, you should determine your asset allocation by taking an asset allocation questionnaire, so that your stock market exposure will permit you to hold and not panic during periods of short term volatility.

    Dan Solin: Coping With the Bogeyman of a Market Crash

  • If you have a longer time horizon, you should determine your asset allocation by taking an asset allocation questionnaire, so that your stock market exposure will permit you to hold and not panic during periods of short term volatility.

    Dan Solin: Coping With the Bogeyman of a Market Crash

  • I think you can recycle Mark Blumenthal's points about the earlier poll to apply to this one, especially, I think, this: "[I] f the volatility is about voter preferences and not poll methodology, [it's due to] as many as a third of registered voters [being] willing to say they are less than certain about their choice."

    Re: Poll Magic – USAT/Gallup has McCain up by 4 - Swampland - TIME.com

  • In December the Zambian national airline stopped flying to Harare, citing high fuel costs and what it termed the volatility of Zimbabwe's currency.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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