What was left behind in Afghanistan was a sense of stasis—a sporadic mishmash of combat and nation building.
Secretary Kerry and others may hope that sporadic provocations can be contained – and in the past this has often been the case.
Despite these sporadic attacks, there is some semblance of order in “Free Libya.”
I left Lebanon in June 2012, but we kept in sporadic touch via Facebook.
Although his presence was sporadic and invisible, just the thought of his proximity delighted and intimidated me.
For two weeks sporadic outbreaks of the fever occurred, and then, abruptly, they ceased.
At first resistance to Western encroachment was sporadic and unco-ordinated.
An example of how this may occur is illustrated by the sporadic excursion into Europe of Pallas sand-grouse.
Of course, there may be sporadic cases of it, but that is all.
To be sure, there are some sporadic efforts, mere reiterations.
1650s (implied in sporadical), from Medieval Latin sporadicus "scattered," from Greek sporadikos "scattered," from sporas (genitive sporados) "scattered," from spora "a sowing" (see spore). Originally a medical term, "occurring in scattered instances;" the meaning "happening at intervals" is first recorded 1847. Related: Sporadically.
sporadic spo·rad·ic (spə-rād'ĭk, spô-) or spo·rad·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Occurring at irregular intervals.
Occurring singly; not grouped.