Definition of chaotic in English:


Syllabification: cha·ot·ic
Pronunciation: /kāˈädik


1In a state of complete confusion and disorder: a chaotic jumble of spools, tapes, and books
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  • People are very confused in this chaotic world about what is really the right thing to do.
  • From its neat grid of streets which parallel the long waterfront, a more chaotic jumble of lanes wriggle up the hillside.
  • How can any sense be made of what may appear to be a chaotic jumble of attitudes?
disorderly, disordered, in disorder, in chaos, in disarray, disorganized, topsy-turvy, in pandemonium, in turmoil, in an uproar;
in a muddle, in a mess, messy, in a shambles;
anarchic, lawless
1.1 Physics Of or relating to systems that exhibit chaos.
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  • They occur as the foundations of what is now known as chaotic systems.
  • Smale discovered strange attractors which lead to chaotic dynamical systems.
  • Many natural chaotic systems form fractals in the patterns that record the process.


early 18th century: from chaos, on the pattern of words such as hypnotic.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • Swinging chaotically between mindless lethargy and eruptions of unbridled emotion, he is barely able to think rationally or arrive at any sort of decision.
  • His playing was as chaotically brilliant as ever.
  • It was a day of stray dogs howling in the streets with fear, flocks of birds flying chaotically in the sky - trying to escape the horrible noises and smoke.

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