Meaning of “chaos” in the English Dictionary

"chaos" in English

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chaosnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkeɪ.ɒs/ us /ˈkeɪ.ɑːs/

B2 a state of total confusion with no order:

Snow and ice have caused chaos on the roads.
Ever since our secretary walked out, the office has been in a state of total/utter chaos.
We muddled up the name labels and chaos ensued (= resulted).

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(Definition of “chaos” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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chaosnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkeɪ·ɑs/

a state of disorder and confusion:

Repairs to the major highway this summer will bring chaos to commuters.
chaotic
adjective us /keɪˈɑt̬·ɪk/

The house is a little chaotic right now – we’re in the middle of repainting.

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We are better off with one democratically controlled monopoly than the waste and chaos brought on by competition which cannot be controlled.
However, we do not want absolute chaos, and neither do we want to create new opportunities for gangs of human traffickers.
No, because if we pulled out, it would undoubtedly cause chaos, and would perhaps lead to the return of those camps that we are combating.
The lessons from the last century and the current chaos in the world suffice to show how irresponsible this premise is.
Legislative chaos when we see that decisions which are by nature fundamentally different are adopted for example in the same framework, namely the constitutional framework.
If people are to have a basic right to access information, they must be able to distinguish between order and chaos.
Otherwise we are heading towards communicative chaos.
Instead, the economy is in chaos, with rampant inflation and unemployment and half a million of its people living on the edge of starvation, sustained only by world food aid.
There is certain to be chaos.
The proposal aims to externalise certain tasks in a clearly defined framework and end the administrative chaos of the technical assistance offices.

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