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sporadic

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From Medieval Latin sporadicus (cf. French sporadique, Italian sporadico, Spanish esporadico), from Greek sporadikós < sporad-, sporás ("scattered", "dispersed") < sporá, spóros ("sowing").[1]

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sporadic (comparative more sporadic, superlative most sporadic)

  1. (archaic) (of diseases) occurring in isolated instances; not epidemic.
  2. Rare and scattered in occurrence.
  3. Exhibiting random behavior; patternless.

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  1. ^ The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, p. 2978.