V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: occurring occasionally at intervals that have no apparent pattern

Synonyms: occasional, infrequent, unconnected, scattered, uncommon, irregular

Antonyms: frequent, regular

Tips: Sporadic is derived from the Greek sporas, meaning “scattered.” If something only happens sporadically, it happens only occasionally, but without any noticeable pattern.

Usage Examples:

The ambiguous economic report caused sporadic buying on wall street. (scattered)

The police's sporadic attempts to sweep the drug pushers off the streets proved ineffective. (infrequent, occasional)

The WTO meeting was disrupted by sporadic protests and riots. (scattered, occasional)

The weather man forecasted sporadic showers throughout the day. (occasional, scattered)

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