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casual

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adjective ca·su·al \ˈkazh-wəl, ˈka-zhə-wəl, ˈka-zhəl\

Definition of casual

  1. 1 :  subject to, resulting from, or occurring by chance a casual meeting

  2. 2a :  occurring without regularity :  occasional casual employmentb :  employed for irregular periods a casual workerc :  met with on occasion and known only superficially a casual friend

  3. 3a (1) :  feeling or showing little concern :  nonchalant a casual approach to cooking (2) :  lacking a high degree of interest or devotion casual sports fans casual readers (3) :  done without serious intent or commitment casual sexb (1) :  informal, natural a casual conversation (2) :  designed for informal use casual clothing

casually

adverb

casualness

noun

Examples of casual in a Sentence

  1. a casual encounter on the sidewalk

  2. The atmosphere at the meeting was quite casual.

  3. He made a casual remark about her shoes.

  4. He's a casual sports fan.

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Origin and Etymology of casual

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French casuel, from Late Latin casualis, from Latin casus fall, chance — more at case

Synonym Discussion of casual

accidental, fortuitous, casual, contingent mean not amenable to planning or prediction. accidental stresses chance. any resemblance to actual persons is entirely accidental fortuitous so strongly suggests chance that it often connotes entire absence of cause. a series of fortuitous events casual stresses lack of real or apparent premeditation or intent. a casual encounter with a stranger contingent suggests possibility of happening but stresses uncertainty and dependence on other future events for existence or occurrence. the contingent effects of the proposed law

random, haphazard, casual mean determined by accident rather than design. random stresses lack of definite aim, fixed goal, or regular procedure. a random selection of books haphazard applies to what is done without regard for regularity or fitness or ultimate consequence. a haphazard collection of rocks casual suggests working or acting without deliberation, intention, or purpose. a casual collector

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casual

noun ca·su·al

Definition of casual

  1. 1 :  a casual (see 1casual 2b) or migratory worker

  2. 2 :  an officer or enlisted person awaiting assignment or transportation to a unit

Recent Examples of casual from the Web

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First Known Use of casual

circa 1852



CASUAL Defined for English Language Learners

casual

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adjective

Definition of casual for English Language Learners

  • : happening by chance : not planned or expected

  • : designed for or permitting ordinary dress, behavior, etc. : not formal

  • : done without much thought, effort, or concern


CASUAL Defined for Kids

casual

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adjective ca·su·al \ˈkazh-wəl, ˈka-zhə-wəl, ˈka-zhəl\

Definition of casual for Students

  1. 1 :  happening unexpectedly or by chance :  not planned or foreseen a casual meeting

  2. 2 :  occurring without regularity :  occasional casual visits

  3. 3 :  showing or feeling little concern :  nonchalant This is awful! How can you be so casual about it?

  4. 4 :  meant for informal use Wear casual clothing for the tour.

casually

adverb

Law Dictionary

casual

adjective ca·su·al

Legal Definition of casual

  1. 1a :  not expected or foreseen b :  not done purposefully :  accidental

  2. 2a :  employed for irregular periods a casual worker b :  engaging in an activity on an occasional basis a casual seller



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