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And if you already hold less volatile investments, you may be able to take more risk. Times, Sunday Times (2016)France's first female ambassador to London could hardly have chosen a more volatile time to take up her post. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Cash is not king Generations of investors have regarded cash as a safe haven in volatile times, but that is no longer the case. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Their volatile moods fluttered up from the keys. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Young offenders are much more volatile and less cohesive. The Prisons We Deserve (1994)The investment required could run into billions of pounds as our weather becomes increasingly volatile. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Electricity prices are driven by volatile gas wholesale costs. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Running down a business that makes volatile chemicals is dangerous. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They can remain volatile for decades and are notoriously hard to find and remove when conflicts end. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The tobacco sector could well be a safe haven in these volatile times. Times, Sunday Times (2007)You have to head off a potentially volatile situation. Going For It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur (1986)She is very unhappy but cannot yet explain her volatile moods. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But he has reached the point where he wants a less volatile character working with him. Times, Sunday Times (2007)New technologies are bringing down energy costs and reducing reliance on oil imported from volatile and hostile regions. Times, Sunday Times (2012)His friends yesterday questioned why police had allowed him to return to the volatile atmosphere at his home following his arrest. The Sun (2013)The wounds are raw, and the region remains volatile. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The group is also struggling with volatile oil prices, which affect haulage and packaging costs. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The sudden flare-up of violence in the volatile region set alarm bells ringing worldwide. Times, Sunday Times (2011)And you don't need a cylinder of volatile compressed gas in your car to do it. Times, Sunday Times (2010)With such a volatile atmosphere, forecasters are finding it difficult to predict the weather beyond the weekend. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He was as famous for his volatile temper as for his food writing, leading to tempestuous and often short-lived relationships with friends and editors. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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British English: volatile ADJECTIVE
A situation that is volatile is likely to change suddenly and unexpectedly.
There have been riots before and the situation is volatile.
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