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[key-ot-ik] /keɪˈɒt ɪk/
completely confused or disordered:
a chaotic mass of books and papers.
Origin of chaotic
1705-15; chao(s) + -tic
Related forms
chaotically, adverb
nonchaotic, adjective
nonchaotically, adverb
semichaotic, adjective
semichaotically, adverb
unchaotic, adjective
unchaotically, adverb
orderly, systematic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for chaotic
  • The official response, by contrast, has been confused and chaotic.
  • Her work, in fact, was as chaotic and confused as it was luxurious and improvident.
  • And journalism is perilous not only in wild, chaotic countries.
  • Swirling eddies and chaotic vortices are crucial to the formation of new planets, suggests a counterintuitive new study.
  • Restoring order to the chaotic blood vessels inside a tumor opens a window of opportunity for attacking it.
  • Panic ensued, and hundreds of people died in the chaotic stampede that followed.
  • Her critics on the faculty complained that she was arrogant and had a chaotic management style.
  • Weather systems are complex and chaotic and small events can conspire to cause dramatic, sudden and unforeseeable shifts.
  • Conspiracy theories offer attractively simple explanations for a chaotic world.
  • We've already showed you my chaotic video from outside and inside the truck in the seconds following the blast.
Word Origin and History for chaotic

1713, "in a state of primordial chaos," irregularly formed in English from chaos + -ic, probably on model of eros/erotic, demos/demotic, hypnos/hypnotic, etc. Transferred or figurative meaning "confused, disordered" is from 1747.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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