ep·​i·​sod·​ic | \ ˌe-pə-ˈsä-dik also -ˈzä- \
variants: or less commonly episodical \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​kəl also  -​ˈzä-​ \

Definition of episodic 

1 : made up of separate especially loosely connected episodes
2 : having the form of an episode
3 : of or limited in duration or significance to a particular episode : temporary may be able to establish whether the sea-floor spreading is continuous or episodic— A. I. Hammond
4 : occurring, appearing, or changing at usually irregular intervals : occasional an episodic illness

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Other Words from episodic

episodically \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​k(ə-​)lē also  -​ˈzä-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for episodic


periodical, serial, serialized

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Examples of episodic in a Sentence

the long novel was filmed for television as an episodic movie that was shown over the course of five evenings malaria is characterized by episodic attacks of chills and fever that coincide with mass destruction of blood cells

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Photo: Bridgeman Images These titles and subtitles supply keynotes to Alexander’s story—essential ones, for absent such a key, the saga becomes both bewildering and tediously episodic. James Romm, WSJ, "‘Soldier, Priest, and God’ Review: The Emperor Divine," 13 Dec. 2018 The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent. German Lopez, Vox, "Video game addiction is real, rare, and poorly understood," 6 Dec. 2018 While only so much can really be gleaned from the opening chapter of an episodic series like this, almost every element in this first episode is incredibly promising. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 The hippocampus is the region where these egocentric, episodic memories are made. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Collating memories of what happened based on where it happened," 25 Nov. 2018 In an era where there are exponentially more entertainment options than when Vertigo first launched, Doyle insists that no other medium can beat comic books in episodic storytelling. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "DC's Vertigo to relaunch with new name, logo and seven comic-book series," 7 June 2018 Each hopscotches through history, cherry-picking crises and triumphs that fit the demands of episodic storytelling. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: One Vote for ‘Victoria’ Over ‘The Crown’," 12 Jan. 2018 The episodic adventure game played brilliantly with its own format, weaving a moving and potentially tragic story about two young women finding their place, both in the world and with each other. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 The movie seems too long, partly because of its episodic structure—battle-chase-battle-battle-chase—but also because of what is, or isn’t, at stake. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Review: The Force Is Half-Awake," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of episodic

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of episodic

: made up of many different events or episodes

: telling about many separate events

: happening or appearing at different times

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