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sporadic

adjective uk   /spəˈræd.ɪk/ us  
happening sometimes; not regular or continuous: sporadic gunfire a sporadic electricity supply More than 100 people have been killed this year in sporadic outbursts of ethnic violence.
Synonym
sporadically
adverb uk   /-ɪ.kəl.i/ us  
Translations of “sporadic”
in Spanish Esporadico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 偶爾發生的, 陣發性的, 斷斷續續的…
in Russian спорадический…
in Turkish ara sıra olan, seyrek, tek tük…
in Chinese (Simplified) 偶尔发生的, 阵发性的, 断断续续的…
in Polish sporadyczny…
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