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Line breaks: cha|ot¦ic
Pronunciation: /keɪˈɒtɪk

Definition of chaotic in English:


1In a state of complete confusion and disorder: the political situation was chaotic
More example sentences
  • 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, haywire, confused, in pandemonium, in turmoil, tumultuous, disrupted;
frenzied, in uproar, in a muddle, jumbled, in a mess, messy, in a shambles, anarchic, lawless
rare orderless
1.1 Physics Relating to systems which exhibit chaos.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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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