sporadic Definition

  • 1occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated
  • 2appearing or happening infrequently and unpredictably; occasional

Using sporadic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sporadic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company has been experiencing sporadic growth over the past few years.

  • Example

    Sporadic gunfire could be heard in the distance.

  • Example

    The disease is characterized by sporadic outbreaks.

sporadic Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sporadic

Phrases with sporadic

  • a disease that occurs infrequently and irregularly


    The hospital was not equipped to handle sporadic diseases.

  • violence that occurs infrequently and unpredictably


    The city experienced sporadic violence during the protests.

  • rainfall that occurs irregularly and in small amounts


    The region receives sporadic rainfall throughout the year.

Origins of sporadic

from Medieval Latin 'sporadicus', from Greek 'sporadēs', meaning 'scattered'


Summary: sporadic in Brief

'Sporadic' [spuh-rad-ik] describes something that occurs irregularly, infrequently, and unpredictably. It can refer to events that are scattered or isolated, such as 'sporadic gunfire,' or to phenomena that appear only in a few places, like 'sporadic rainfall.' Synonyms include 'intermittent' and 'patchy,' while antonyms include 'frequent' and 'regular.'

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