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chaotic

[key-ot-ik] /keɪˈɒt ɪk/
adjective
1.
completely confused or disordered:
a chaotic mass of books and papers.
Origin of chaotic
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; chao(s) + -tic
Related forms
chaotically, adverb
nonchaotic, adjective
nonchaotically, adverb
semichaotic, adjective
semichaotically, adverb
unchaotic, adjective
unchaotically, adverb
Antonyms
orderly, systematic.
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  • He must speak as the bird sings, not mechanically, but out of a full heart, yet not chaotically or from random impulses.

  • And everything was flowing in the yard, chaotically mingled; manure and farming implements, staves and straw.

    Pictures of Sweden Hans Christian Andersen
Word Origin and History for chaotically

chaotic

adj.

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.

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