[adjective, adverb hap-haz-erd; noun hap-haz-erd]
- characterized by lack of order or planning, by irregularity, or by randomness; determined by or dependent on chance; aimless.
- mere chance; accident.
Origin of haphazard
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1. disorganized, unsystematic, careless, slapdash, helter-skelter.
1. methodical, systematic, organized.
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Examples from the Web for haphazard
Although tough environmental controls were put in place in 2000, enforcement has been haphazard.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
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The absence of command and control means there is only haphazard combat coordination on the ground.Time Is Running Out for Obama on Syria
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After wandering at haphazard some little way I met a peasant in a sleigh.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
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Then, of course, your whole battalion displaced to haphazard Iraqi Army bases.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
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It should be the most ideal exchange, not the most haphazard.‘Code Black’: An M.D. on How to Fix Our Emergency Room Crisis
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Passages taken at haphazard will suffice to establish my contention.
Take any sonnet at haphazard, and you will hear the rage of his desire.
Once outside he slowly resumed his walk in haphazard fashion.His Masterpiece
Why should not a man start off at haphazard, and get out when the mood takes him?The Great Hunger
In a word, system will have to be substituted for confusion, method for haphazard.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
- at random
- careless; slipshod
- rare chance
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Word Origin and History for haphazard
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