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haphazard

[adjective, adverb hap-haz-erd; noun hap-haz-erd] /adjective, adverb hæpˈhæz ərd; noun 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
First recorded in 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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  • Passages taken at haphazard will suffice to establish my contention.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Take any sonnet at haphazard, and you will hear the rage of his desire.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Once outside he slowly resumed his walk in haphazard fashion.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Why should not a man start off at haphazard, and get out when the mood takes him?

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • In a word, system will have to be substituted for confusion, method for haphazard.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
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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