spo·​rad·​i·​cal·​ly | \ spə-ˈra-di-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce sporadically (audio) \

Definition of sporadically

: in a sporadic manner : not regularly or constantly gunfire being heard sporadically software updates that appear sporadically Originally from the western Pacific Ocean, the shrimp have been spotted sporadically in U.S. waters for the past two decades.— Rick Jervis Even when the sun is being well behaved, parcels of plasma shoot sporadically toward Earth's dark side, prompting a bright aurora and intensifying radiation belts.— Tim Beardsley

First Known Use of sporadically

1681, in the meaning defined above

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“Sporadically.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sporadically. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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