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fitful

[fit-fuh l] /ˈfɪt fəl/
adjective
1.
coming, appearing, acting, etc., in fits or by spells; recurring irregularly.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; fit2 + -ful
Related forms
fitfully, adverb
fitfulness, noun
Synonyms
sporadic, intermittent, erratic, haphazard.
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  • Yet such safeguards and checks are only fitfully applied.
  • In the open ocean bioluminescent organisms fitfully brighten the watery depths with their otherworldly sparkle and glow.
  • The field as a whole will fitfully establish a portfolio of different approaches, as it usually does.
  • The stakes are high, and progress is coming fitfully.
  • The democracy bug is fitfully catching on commented.
  • Electricity comes fitfully: a huge headache for factories that need to operate around the clock to turn a profit.
  • As the government struggles to hold its own employees to account, attempts to prosecute private firms are proceeding fitfully.
  • Things are getting better slowly and fitfully, hardly surprising given the imbalances and excesses of the boom years.
  • Any sentient viewer will be able to predict every lumpy twist of this ludicrous, fitfully enjoyable movie.
  • The downside is that its supply increases fitfully, with no regard for the state of the world economy.
British Dictionary definitions for fitfully

fitful

/ˈfɪtfʊl/
adjective
1.
characterized by or occurring in irregular spells: fitful sleep
Derived Forms
fitfully, adverb
fitfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fitfully

fitful

adj.

used once by Shakespeare ("Macbeth," 1605) in sense of "characterized by fits," then revived by Scott (1810) with a sense of "shifting, changing." From fit (n.2) + -ful. Related: Fitfully; fitfulness.

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