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  1. occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then:

    an occasional headache.

  2. intended for supplementary use when needed:

    an occasional chair.

  3. pertaining to, arising out of, or intended for the occasion:

    occasional verses.

  4. acting or serving for the occasion or only on particular occasions.
  5. serving as the occasion or incidental cause.


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  1. taking place from time to time; not frequent or regular
  2. of, for, or happening on special occasions
  3. serving as an occasion (for something)

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Other Words From

  • oc·casion·al·ness oc·casion·ali·ty noun
  • unoc·casion·al adjective
  • unoc·casion·al·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of occasional1

First recorded in 1560–70; occasion + -al 1

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Example Sentences

While occasional conflicts do arise between coyotes and pets, it’s rare for there to be an issue with humans.

Huge protests led to occasional violence and a renewed attention on systemic societal problems.

The second in an occasional series about the books that spurred our love of travel.

Micro spikes are great if most of the run will be icy but are overkill if I’m just traversing the occasional slick patch.

The Helix would include an artists-in-residence program and on occasional weekends would open its doors to the public.

By which I mean, there are some Jews and the occasional Hindu or Muslim.

Contrary to what you may assume about me, I actually enjoy the occasional trip to the mall.

Occasional, more traditional efforts have met with success—the Big Apple Circus and lingering smaller acts.

These days they are occasional meteorological irruptions, white river mists, not dense and toxic industrial pea-soupers.

And, again, I now confess, I had an occasional Bourbon and stoogie on the cuff.

Feeling secure regarding their happiness and welfare, she did not miss them except with an occasional intense longing.

The sediment contains a few hyaline and finely granular casts and an occasional red blood-cell.

In that part, it was little better than a morass, from the occasional overflowing of the waters at the rainy seasons.

American vessels made occasional trips outside the Bay, and brought in captive sailing-vessels.

Long before we got there the deep-throated thunder was growling over us, and the clouds spat occasional flurries of rain.