Sporadic definition

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Happening from time to time; not constant or regular; occasional.
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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.

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Widely separated from others, scattered, or isolated in occurrence; appearing singly, apart, or in isolated instances.
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Occurring at irregular intervals or in isolated or scattered places; having no pattern or order.

Your sporadic attendance in class; rebels who put up sporadic resistance.

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(medicine) Not epidemic, endemic, or inherited. Used of a disease or condition.

Most cancers are sporadic, caused by genetic mutations that are not heritable.

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The definition of sporadic is something that happens occasionally or at irregular intervals.

An example of sporadic is when you go to the doctor only once every five years or so.

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Origin of sporadic

  • Medieval Latin sporadicus scattered from Greek sporadikos from sporas sporad- sper- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition