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Examples of sporadic in a Sentence
The law was indeed tightened, prohibiting the employment of illegal aliens on the valid assumption that removing the magnet of jobs is necessary to stem illegal immigration. But enforcement was sporadic at best, and has now virtually ceased. —Mark Krikorian, National Review, 26 Jan. 2004
I left Madras twenty years ago. Two marriages and three children later I am a different man from the one who left. My return visits have been sporadic. But there is great delight in a homecoming. —Abraham Verghese, Atlantic, February 2001
The Bronx begins here physically, and it began here historically as well; this was the site of Jonas Bronck's farmhouse. Not much is known about him: he was a Swedish sea captain who was induced to settle the area by the Dutch West India Company. A peace treaty signed at Bronck's house ended years of sporadic but bloody skirmishes between the Dutch and the Weckquasgeeks. —Marcus Laffey, New Yorker, 15 May 2000
Sporadic cases of the disease were reported.
sporadic loud noises kept startling everyone
Recent Examples of sporadic from the Web
The latest in a sporadic series of monster sightings on Lake Norman has appeared on a web site called CryptoZoology.com.
That reading skips over a few details along the way though, such as the time Spain sent its Armada to conquer Britain and the sporadic wars of the 18th century, not to mention the dispute over Gibraltar that’s been simmering for more than 300 years.
There are so many systemic problems like mice, cockroaches, sporadic hot water, basement floors that are flooded with sewage…
Davie Hinshaw firstname.lastname@example.org There have been some sporadic changes.
Mimosa yellow butterflies make sporadic appearances in the Florida Keys.
Russell Knox: Reigning champion has been sporadic this season, missing four of the last seven cuts.
There were sporadic heavy rainstorms, with occasional thunder and lightning, around the time the accident occurred.
Vinson said the sporadic blooming had many producers more concerned with the survival of their trees than this year's harvest.
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sporadic Has Medieval Latin Roots
Sporadic describes the distribution of something across space or time that is not frequent enough to fill an area or period, often in scattered instances or isolated outbursts (as in "sporadic applause"). The word comes from Medieval Latin sporadicus, which is itself derived from Greek sporadēn, meaning "here and there." It is also related to the Greek verb speirein ("to sow"), the ancestor from which we get our word spore (the reproductive cell of a fungus, microorganism, or some plants), hinting at the seeming scattered nature by which such cells distribute and germinate.
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