recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances
"a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"
Rare and scattered in occurrence.
Exhibiting random behavior; patternless.
occuring singly, or apart from other things of the same kind, or in scattered instances; separate; single; as, a sporadic fireball; a sporadic case of disease; a sporadic example of a flower
Origin: [Gr. scattered, fr. , , scattered, fr. to sow seed, to scatter like seed: cf. F. sporadique. See Spore.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
-al, spō-rad′ik, -al, adj. scattered—a term specially applied to any disease usually epidemic or contagious, when it attacks only a few persons in a district and does not spread in its ordinary manner.—adv. Sporad′ically.—n. Sporad′icalness. [Gr. sporadikos—sporas, sporados, scattered—speirein, to sow.]
The numerical value of sporadic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of sporadic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There are sporadic shootings in some areas.
Changes in the climate used to be sporadic; now every summer is different.
What has been a problem is the regularity of supply, the (government) approvals are sporadic.
We burned the police station and captured cars. Now, today, there are sporadic exchanges of gunfire between us and the police in the outskirts of the town but we still control the town.
We're seeing an escalation of the debt problems, but so far, the problem is still sporadic, rather than widespread, and is limited to mainly industries suffering from overcapacity and cyclical weakness.
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- esporàdicCatalan, Valencian
- sporadický, ojedinělýCzech
- satunnainen, sporadinen, harvinainen, hajanainenFinnish
- случайный, единичный, спорадическийRussian
- sporadičan, спорадичанSerbo-Croatian
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