Synonyms of volatile in English:



  • 1 her sister was headstrong and volatile
    unpredictable, changeable, variable, inconstant, inconsistent, uncertain, erratic, irregular, unstable, turbulent, unsteady, unsettled, unreliable, undependable, changing, ever-changing, varying, shifting, fluctuating, fluid, mutable, protean, fitful, wavering, full of ups and downs; mercurial, capricious, whimsical, fickle, flighty, giddy, impulsive, wayward, temperamental, highly strung, excitable, emotional, overemotional, fiery, moody, choleric, stormy, tempestuous, volcanic
    technical labile
    [Antonyms] stable constant
  • 2 the atmosphere in the capital seems far too volatile for any talk of elections
    tense, strained, fraught, uneasy, uncomfortable, charged, explosive, eruptive, inflammatory, turbulent, in turmoil, full of upheavals
    informal hairy, nail-biting, white-knuckle
    British informal dodgy
    [Antonyms] stable calm
  • 3 a plume of pollution caused by a volatile organic compound
    evaporative, vaporous, vaporescent; explosive, eruptive, inflammable; unstable
    technical labile
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