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haphazard

Syllabification: hap·haz·ard
Pronunciation: /ˌhapˈhazərd
 
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Definition of haphazard in English:

adjective

Lacking any obvious principle of organization: the kitchen drawers contained a haphazard collection of silver souvenir spoons
More example sentences
  • Thus, heterogeneity in beliefs within the organization makes performance more haphazard.
  • These difficulties are unfortunately compounded by a haphazard organization.
  • Organization was haphazard; there were far too few bishops, and some were invalidly consecrated.
Synonyms
random, unplanned, unsystematic, unmethodical, disorganized, disorderly, irregular, indiscriminate, chaotic, hit-and-miss, arbitrary, aimless, careless, casual, slapdash, slipshod;
chance, accidental

Origin

late 16th century: from hap + hazard.

Derivatives

haphazardly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Towers, too, are used haphazardly for storage though I found virtually all remain locked.
  • Additionally, we judge that the sharing of research materials, data and results was haphazardly and grudgingly done.
  • Some of the scenes struck me as hastily filmed and haphazardly cut together.

haphazardness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • It is obviously a matter for concern for you and your colleagues, but let me ask: the haphazardness and the inconsistent application, has it got any proportionate implications?
  • Indeed, it was precisely this contingency - the haphazardness of facts - that made them a boring subject for the ancients.
  • I am perturbed - nobody ever talks to us about these considerations as lawyers, whereas sociologists for example spend much of their undergraduate lives being familiarised with research methodology and warned against haphazardness.

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