volatility

noun vol·a·til·i·ty \ ˌvä-lə-ˈti-lə-tē \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of volatility

plural volatilities
: the quality or state of being volatile: such as
a : a tendency to change quickly and unpredictably
  • price volatility
  • the volatility of the stock market
b : a tendency to erupt in violence or anger
  • the volatility of the region
  • the volatility of his temper
c : the quality of being readily vaporizable at a fairly low temperature
  • As each component of crude oil has a different relative volatility, they will evaporate at different temperatures.
  • —Martin W. Stockel et al.

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