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EtymologyEdit

From archaic hap (chance, luck) +‎ hazard.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌhæpˈhæz.əd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌhæpˈhæz.ɚd/
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AdjectiveEdit

haphazard (not comparable)

  1. Random; chaotic; incomplete; not thorough, constant, or consistent.
    Synonyms: random, chaotic
    Antonym: systematic
    • 1886, N. H. Egleston, Arbor-Day, Popular Science Monthly, p. 689:
      The haphazard efforts of a few, working here and there without concert, easily spent themselves in attaining results far short of what were needed.
    • 1909, Fielding H. Garrison, Josiah Willard Gibbs and his relation to modern science, Popular Science Monthly, p. 191:
      we assume a gas to be an assemblage of elastic spheres or molecules, flying in straight lines in all directions, with swift haphazard collisions and repulsions, like so many billiard balls.
    • 1912, Robert DeC. Ward, The Value of Non-Instrumental Weather Observations, Popular Science Monthly, p. 129:
      There is a very considerable series of observations — non-instrumental, unsystematic, irregular, "haphazard" if you will — which any one with ordinary intelligence and with a real interest in weather conditions may undertake.
    Do not make such haphazard changes to the settings; instead, adjust the knobs carefully, a bit at a time.

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