vol·​a·​til·​i·​ty ˌvä-lə-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce volatility (audio)
plural volatilities
: the quality or state of being volatile: such as
: a tendency to change quickly and unpredictably
price volatility
the volatility of the stock market
: a tendency to erupt in violence or anger
the volatility of the region
the volatility of his temper
: 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.

Examples of volatility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That could prompt volatility in the bond market, too. Joe Rennison, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 But market volatility has returned, and the waters have grown choppier for traders. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 The year-to-year variability, or the volatility of our hydroclimate will increase. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 The Hermès factor Hermès has performed consistently—and sometimes, even outperformed its peers—in an industry that saw a pandemic-era spending boom followed by a lackluster demand from the key Chinese market and later, a slowdown in other parts of the world due to economic volatility. Byprarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 9 Feb. 2024 The quick-trigger firing of coach Matt Potter and multiple staff changes manifested themselves as volatility on the pitch. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 Not only does Iger have the credibility to deliver, but his plan for turning around Disney is already well underway, with free cash flow expected to double this year regardless of any short-term volatility around earnings tomorrow. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 The Middle East has yet again returned to a state of volatility, haunted by the ever-present threat of extremist groups. Howard L. Manuel, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 The four-week average of claims, which evens out some of the weekly volatility, increased by 3,750 to 212,250. Matt Ott, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of volatility was in 1626

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“Volatility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volatility. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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