Adjective "Sporadic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.
  1. 'Dunstan had a reputation for sporadic disappearances.'
  2. 'The situation is easing, although sporadic fresh outbreaks are still occurring.'
  3. 'In any case, the few flaws in the video are minimal and sporadic, and unlikely to detract from your enjoyment of this otherwise excellent package.'
  4. 'Later, our contact became more sporadic but we still had occasion to work together every once in a while.'
  5. 'It is unfortunate that this movie could not have been produced entirely in Spanish, with asides in English for the sporadic encounters where they are warranted.'
  6. 'When Haleem returns from the Navy at age twenty-one in 1959, his life consists of sporadic interactions with the family and attending college courses with little interest.'
  7. 'She occasionally breaks out a trumpet for some sporadic, appropriate bursts.'
  8. '‘Contamination appears not to be sporadic, but rather pervasive across the seed supplies for these crops,’ Mellon said.'
  9. 'It all adds up to a very uneven, sporadic film experience.'
  10. 'Told through sporadic flashbacks, we initially side with Matthew and his enduring passion for Lisa, but as the film progresses, the audience is more inclined to sympathize with the vilified Alex.'


1. (of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional: sporadic renewals of enthusiasm.

2. appearing in scattered or isolated instances, as a disease.

3. isolated, as a single instance of something; being or occurring apart from others.

4. occurring singly or widely apart in locality: the sporadic growth of plants.

More examples(as adjective)

"relations can be sporadic to places."

"buyings can be sporadic with investors."

"businesses can be sporadic in/at/on weeks."

"tradings can be sporadic with sentiments."

"tradings can be sporadic with sellers."

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Late 17th century: via medieval Latin from Greek sporadikos, from sporas, sporad- ‘scattered’; related to speirein ‘to sow’.