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chaotic

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  1. completely confused or disordered: a chaotic mass of books and papers.

Origin of chaotic

First recorded in 1705–15; chao(s) + -tic
Related formscha·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·cha·ot·ic, adjectivenon·cha·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·cha·ot·ic, adjectivesem·i·cha·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbun·cha·ot·ic, adjectiveun·cha·ot·i·cal·ly, 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.

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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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