“The performer’s true gift was his volubility. He captivated the audience for hours with personal anecdotes and other commentary.”

As used above, what is the best definition of volubility?

Check your answer!

Choice A - The ability to perform before a large crowd
Choice B - The ability to talk or write easily or fluently
Choice C - Of speech, loud in volume
Choice D - Of speech, circuitous and rambling


Volubility (noun) – the trait of talking (or writing) easily, readily, and often; or, the easy flow of words

Voluble (adjective) – marked by volubility; or, having the characteristic of speaking with an easy flow of words

Volubly (adverb) – marked by ready or fluent speech; or, glibly  

GRE pro tips:

The word volubility sounds a lot like the more common word “volume.” When you think of volume, you may first think of the degree of loudness or, maybe, you think of a volume in a series of books. Furthermore, you’ve probably heard the term “to speak volumes;” when something “speaks volumes” (like a look or a wink), it says a great deal. Well, the meaning of volubility is similar to this concept, but it refers to the ability to literally speak volumes, or the quality of speaking or writing with an easy flow of words. Voluble people are not necessarily loud (but they could be); however, they speak easily and often. Voluble individuals make natural debaters, speechwriters, dinner party hosts, and news anchors. They are always game for activities involving conversation or discourse.

Example sentences:

“For cable news hosts—who must fill hours of airtime with engaging discourse—volubility is a desirable trait.”

His voluble nature was both a blessing and a curse; it enabled him to excel on the debate team but he was also the go-to for anyone (and everyone) looking for speech-writing help.”