Volatile vs Inflammable - What's the difference?

volatile | inflammable |

As adjectives the difference between volatile and inflammable

is that volatile is (physics) evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions while inflammable is capable of burning; easily set on fire.



(en adjective)
  • (physics) evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.
  • (of a substance, informal) explosive.
  • (of a price etc) variable or erratic.
  • (of a person) quick to become angry or violent.
  • fickle.
  • temporary or ephemeral.
  • (of a situation) potentially violent.
  • (computing, of a variable) having its associated memory immediately updated with any changes in value.
  • (computing, of memory) whose content is lost when the computer is powered down
  • (obsolete) Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * volatility * volatile memory




    (en adjective)
  • Capable of burning; easily set on fire.
  • (figuratively) Easily excited; set off by the slightest excuse; easily enraged or inflamed.
  • Usage notes

    * (term) can be misinterpreted as an antonym of (flammable) and so taken to have the opposite meaning to that intended. Where such confusion might arise, especially where this may be a safety hazard, one may prefer to use (flammable) or another synonym.


    * (capable of burning) combustible, flammable * (easily excited) hot-headed, quick to anger


    * (incapable of burning) fireproof, incombustible, non-flammable * (easily excited) level-headed, unflappable,