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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 of haphazard
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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  • haphazard and careless combinations are not to be encouraged in the formal flower-beds.

    Beautiful Bulbous Plants John Weathers
  • Take any sonnet at haphazard, and you will hear the rage of his desire.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • His haphazard guess had hit the mark, and the finding of Ormsby was now only a question of moments.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • Once outside he slowly resumed his walk in haphazard fashion.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • How obvious is this statement, yet how haphazard has been the production of greatness.

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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