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occasional

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/ əˈkeɪ ʒə nl /
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adjective
occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then: an occasional headache.
intended for supplementary use when needed: an occasional chair.
pertaining to, arising out of, or intended for the occasion: occasional verses.
acting or serving for the occasion or only on particular occasions.
serving as the occasion or incidental cause.
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Origin of occasional

First recorded in 1560–70; occasion + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM occasional

oc·ca·sion·al·ness, oc·ca·sion·al·i·ty, nounun·oc·ca·sion·al, adjectiveun·oc·ca·sion·al·ly, adverb
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How to use occasional in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for occasional

occasional
/ (əˈkeɪʒənəl) /

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