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  • n. The state of being volatile

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being volatile or of having the power of flight.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The character of being volatile; frivolous, flighty, or giddy behavior; mutability of mind; levity; flightiness; fickleness: as, the volatility of youth.
  • n. Synonyms Lightness, Frivolity, etc. (see levity), instability, giddiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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

    Finn E. Kydland - Autobiography

  • 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

  • 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."

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  • 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

  • Does the current universally employed risk measure—short term volatility—capture the inflationary aspects of a postwar economy?

    Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation

  • Historically speaking, when short term volatility occurs, it rarely lasts and markets have corrected themselves and still trend upwards. News

  • "The short term volatility caused by renewed bearishness on sovereign debt in developed markets is of course a concern to us," he added.

    BBC News - Home

  • "The short term volatility caused by renewed bearishness on sovereign debt in developed markets is of course a concern to us," Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg said.

    Reuters: Top News

  • He said the Reserve Bank of Australia's decision on whether to cut or maintain interest rates, due at 1430 AEDT on Tuesday, would lead to some short term volatility in bond prices. | Top Stories


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