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spo·rad·ic

 (spə-răd′ĭk, spô-)
adj.
1. Occurring at irregular intervals or in isolated or scattered places; having no pattern or order: his sporadic attendance in class; rebels who put up sporadic resistance. See Synonyms at periodic.
2. Medicine Not epidemic, endemic, or inherited. Used of a disease or condition: Most cancers are sporadic, caused by genetic mutations that are not heritable.

[Medieval Latin sporadicus, scattered, from Greek sporadikos, from sporas, sporad-; see sper- in Indo-European roots.]

spo·rad′i·cal·ly adv.
spo·rad′i·cal·ness n.

sporadic

(spəˈrædɪk) or

sporadical

adj
1. occurring at irregular points in time; intermittent: sporadic firing.
2. scattered; isolated: a sporadic disease.
[C17: from Medieval Latin sporadicus, from Greek sporadikos, from sporas scattered; related to Greek speirein to sow; see spore]
spoˈradically adv
spoˈradicalness n

spo•rad•ic

(spəˈræd ɪk)

adj.
1. appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional.
2. appearing in scattered or isolated instances.
[1680–90; < Medieval Latin sporadicus < Greek sporadikós <sporad- (s. of sporás strewn, akin to sporá spore)]
spo•rad′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sporadic - recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances; "a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"
noncontinuous, discontinuous - not continuing without interruption in time or space; "discontinuous applause"; "the landscape was a discontinuous mosaic of fields and forest areas"; "he received a somewhat haphazard and discontinuous schooling"
infrequent - not frequent; not occurring regularly or at short intervals; "infrequent outbursts of temper"
continual - occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series; "the continual banging of the shutters"

sporadic

adjective intermittent, occasional, scattered, isolated, random, on and off, irregular, infrequent, spasmodic The sound of sporadic shooting could still be heard.
regular, steady, consistent, frequent, systematic, recurrent

sporadic

adjective
1. Happening or appearing now and then:
2. Rarely occurring or appearing:
Translations

sporadic

[spəˈrædɪk] ADJesporádico
sporadic gunfiretiroteo m intermitente or esporádico

sporadic

[spəˈrædɪk] adj [fighting, violence] → sporadique; [shooting, gunfire, outbreaks] → isolé(e)

sporadic

adjsporadisch; (= occasional also)gelegentlich; we heard sporadic gunfirewir hörten gelegentlich Schüsse

sporadic

[spəˈrædɪk] adj (attempts, gunfire) → sporadico/a; (work) → discontinuo/a

spo·rad·ic

a. esporádico-a, infrecuente.

sporadic

adj esporádico
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