Wednesday, September 14, 2011

sporadic (adj)

1. His visits to the hospital became sporadic once he started school, but they were still greatly appreciated by the staff.
2. In general, he was a good student, but his sporadic attendance caused him to fail the class.
3. Tom's calls home became sporadic once he started working.
4. These days, he's often tired although he does get sporadic bursts of energy.
5. He realized his interest in the new gadget was sporadic at best, so he decided to return it.

When something is sporadic, it happens irregularly and often infrequently. Because of this, it can also convey the idea that it's undependable.

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