[ep-uh-sod-ik, -zod-]
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  1. pertaining to or of the nature of an episode.
  2. divided into separate or tenuously related parts or sections; loosely connected: an episodic novel.
  3. occurring sporadically or incidentally.
Also ep·i·sod·i·cal.

Origin of episodic

First recorded in 1705–15; episode + -ic
Related formsep·i·sod·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·ep·i·sod·ic, adjectivenon·ep·i·sod·i·cal, adjectivenon·ep·i·sod·i·cal·ly, adverb

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  1. resembling or relating to an episode
  2. divided into or composed of episodes
  3. irregular, occasional, or sporadic
Derived Formsepisodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for episodic

1711, from episode + -ic. Episodical is from 1660s.

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