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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: sporadicus, from Greek, from sporaden 'scattered in different places'

sporadic

adjective
     
spo‧rad‧ic
happening fairly often, but not regularly [= intermittent]:
There has been sporadic violence downtown.
sporadically adverb:
The fighting continued sporadically for several days.

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