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haphazard

[adj., adv. hap-haz-erd; n. hap-haz-erd] /adj., adv. hæpˈhæz ərd; n. ˈhæpˌhæz ərd/
adjective
1.
characterized by lack of order or planning, by irregularity, or by randomness; determined by or dependent on chance; aimless.
adverb
noun
3.
mere chance; accident.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; hap1 + hazard
Related forms
haphazardness, noun
Synonyms
1. disorganized, unsystematic, careless, slapdash, helter-skelter.
Antonyms
1. methodical, systematic, organized.
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Examples from the web for haphazard
  • We see the haphazard speckling of stars in the sky and group them together into constellations.
  • The original kitchen was a cramped, haphazard jumble.
  • Our current efforts are not only inadequate, they're hopelessly haphazard and piecemeal.
  • Amazingly, this haphazard approach worked.
  • His current campaign seems a particularly haphazard and contradictory one.
  • Her girlhood had been lived in the most haphazard manner imaginable.
  • When she did open her mouth to sing, the results were haphazard.
  • Honestly, the directions I go in are pretty haphazard.
  • The result of this haphazard approach was intriguing.
  • Gone are the hand-me-down uniforms and haphazard road trips.
British Dictionary definitions for haphazard

haphazard

/hæpˈhæzəd/
adverb, adjective
1.
at random
adjective
2.
careless; slipshod
noun
3.
(rare) chance
Derived Forms
haphazardly, adverb
haphazardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for haphazard
adj.

1570s, from hap "chance, luck" (see hap) + hazard "risk, danger, peril." Related: Haphazardly.

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