vol·​a·​til·​i·​ty | \ ˌvä-lə-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce volatility (audio) \
plural volatilities

Definition of volatility

: 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.

Examples of volatility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In spite of departures undercutting media-rights negotiations, in spite of gutting its most important market, in spite of the volatility created as conference programs quietly and wisely weigh Plan Bs and Cs, all is well. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 Future trends of the highly infectious subvariant are uncertain because of the volatility of the various Omicron subvariants. Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 The four-week average for claims, which smooths out some of the week-to-week volatility, rose by 6,250 from the previous week, to 249,500. Matt Ott, BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2022 The four-week average for claims, which smooths out some of the week-to-week volatility, rose by 6,250 from the previous week, to 249,500. Matt Ott, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2022 The technology helps food and agri-input companies understand and reduce the volatility of their market demand for inputs and the supply of crops in the short term and long term through actionable insights. Afdhel Aziz, Forbes, 19 July 2022 The difference in the volatility of the bond and stock markets is at the starkest level since at least 2000, according to analysts at BofA Global Research. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 14 July 2022 The volatility reflects growing worries among investors that the economy is slowing under the weight of surging inflation and sharply higher interest rates, pressures that could tip the economy into a recession. Damian J. Troise And Alex Veiga, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 Curry moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to put some distance between himself and the volatility of the streets of Miami’s Carol City neighborhood. Khari Nixon, SPIN, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of volatility

1626, in the meaning defined above

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“Volatility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volatility. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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