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Line breaks: spor|ad¦ic
Pronunciation: /spəˈradɪk

Definition of sporadic in English:


Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated: sporadic fighting broke out
More example sentences
  • Until then, her art had been experimental, uneven, sporadic.
  • It all adds up to a very uneven, sporadic film experience.
  • This neighborhood is plagued by constant deterioration because of absentee landlords, lack of income to repair homes, few employment opportunities, crime, sporadic city services, and so on.
occasional, infrequent, irregular, periodical, periodic, scattered, patchy, isolated, odd, uneven;
intermittent, spasmodic, on and off, random, fitful, desultory, erratic, unpredictable


late 17th century: via medieval Latin from Greek sporadikos, from sporas, sporad- 'scattered'; related to speirein 'to sow'.



Example sentences
  • Or would you like me to repeat it sporadically over a two hour period?
  • Tight circles of light begin to appear, sporadically.
  • It's a laudable philosophy but one that he adheres to only sporadically.

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