volatile


volatile
01. The situation in the region is [volatile], and the military has been put on full alert.
02. The airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York were carrying tanks filled with highly [volatile] jet fuel, which caused the huge explosions that triggered the complete destruction of the buildings.
03. The [volatility] of these substances makes their proper storage extremely important.
04. Their relationship has always been fairly [volatile], so I'm not surprised to hear that they've split up.
05. Trucks transporting [volatile] chemicals are not permitted within the city limits.
06. Support for the President is extremely [volatile] at this time, with opinion poll results changing weekly.
07. The situation in the Middle East continues to be extremely [volatile], with suicide bombings and government reprisals a weekly occurrence.
08. The atmosphere outside the courtroom where the victim's parents confronted the defendant's family was quite [volatile] but police were able to keep everything under control.
09. My girlfriend's father has a [volatile] temper, and often explodes for no apparent reason.
10. The present [volatility] of the stock market is scaring off the more timid investors.
11. The situation following the arrest of the Opposition leader is quite [volatile], and could easily escalate into a serious conflict.
12. The atmosphere in the Middle East has been described as [volatile], and observers are fearing a renewal in the conflict.
13. George Santayana once suggested that it takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; [volatile] spirits prefer unhappiness.
14. As a result of the uncertainty surrounding interest rates in the United States and Canada, the North American stock markets have been highly [volatile] over the last few weeks.
15. We are keen to see a general reduction in arms sales because of the [volatile] situation in the region.

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