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[ep-uh-sod-ik, -zod-] /ˌɛp əˈsɒd ɪk, -ˈzɒd-/
pertaining to or of the nature of an episode.
divided into separate or tenuously related parts or sections; loosely connected:
an episodic novel.
occurring sporadically or incidentally.
Origin of episodic
1705-15; episode + -ic
Related forms
episodically, adverb
nonepisodic, adjective
nonepisodical, adjective
nonepisodically, adverb
2. rambling, wandering, digressive. Unabridged
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  • Of course all of this has been widely reported and prompts episodic hand-wringing.
  • More often, despite episodic spasms of rage, the broader culture has worn a smile rather than a frown.
  • Three of these areas have previously been linked with the formation of episodic memories, which are a kind of long-term memory.
  • One, known as autobiographical or episodic memory, records the experiences themselves.
  • Without me as a character, my serial adventures would have felt too episodic.
  • The problem is that modern society requires constant, not episodic, attention to keep it running.
  • As the years lapsed the comparison became more acute as my memory became episodic.
  • But the popular acclaim of dinosaurs has been fitful and episodic.
  • The only challenging thing is the endurance of an hour episodic series.
  • We are also looking at a couple of smaller games, some episodic content potentially, as well.
British Dictionary definitions for episodic


resembling or relating to an episode
divided into or composed of episodes
irregular, occasional, or sporadic
Derived Forms
episodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for episodic

1711, from episode + -ic. Episodical is from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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